Simple Science for Kids: Testing Homemade Bubble Solutions

Looking for a fun (and educational) way to play with homemade bubble solution? Former teacher turned homeschooling mom Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play) recently taught her children about hypotheses by making and experimenting with 6 different bubble solutions in her own backyard. Read a summary and link to this guest blogger’s full article below.

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Using homemade bubble solution is a playful way to teach science for kids, like these 4 steps in the scientific method:

  • Observing
  • Experimenting
  • Measuring
  • Formulating, testing, and modifying hypotheses

Genny and her children began their experiment by making 6 different homemade bubble solutions at a science station in the backyard. Based on what they observed about the solutions they created, her children each formed a hypothesis for which of the 6 solutions they thought would produce the best bubbles. (You could also have children form hypotheses for which solution would produce the biggest, reddest, or stickiest bubbles.)

Science Station

 

Her children then got to experiment with the solutions to test their hypotheses. This is when the real bubble fun began!

They observed and measured the bubbles and decided if their hypotheses were correct or if they needed to be modified. Either way, she and her kids had a ton of backyard bubble fun!

Get the recipes for making all 6 homemade bubble solutions, as well as beautiful, illustrative pictures of this outdoor science experiment at Genny’s “In Lieu of Preschool” blog.

What other ways have you introduced the scientific method at home?

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OTHER BUBBLE ACTIVITIES: Check out these posts for creative ways to have fun with bubbles and bubble toys while developing children’s oral motor skills: