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Bubble Snakes (4/6/16)

MATERIALS:

  • bubble solution*
  • sock or cloth
  • rubber band
  • small dish or plate
  • cup or water bottle
  • scissors
  • tablecloth (if not done outside)
  • food coloring (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Make your bubble mixture! You can use pre-made bubble mix out of a regular store-bought jar, but if you want a cooler, longer-lasting snake, search for super-fun bubble recipes online, or follow a recipe similar to the one below.
  2. Once your bubble mixture is made and is ready to go, it’s time to work on your bubble blowing tube. Take a water bottle (or plastic cup), and cut a hole in the one end so that both ends now have an opening. One of the openings (the larger one works the best!) will be where you place your sock or cloth.
  3. Go ahead and stretch your sock or cloth over one of the openings of your newly created bubble tube, and secure with a rubber band.
  4. Get ready for the fun! Go ahead and dip the cloth/sock-covered part of your bubble tube into the bubble solution, and place your mouth at the smaller end of your bubble blowing tube and…
  5. Go, go, go and blow, blow, blow! After the first few seconds, you should notice your bubble snake start to form! The more you blow, the larger your snake will get! Experiment with different kinds of cloth, different bubble tube materials and how long your snake will get before breaking! You can also add food coloring to your cloth top after dipping into the bubble mixture for some extra color-fun!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Courtesy of Steve Spangler Science:

“Bubbles form because of the surface tension of water. Hydrogen atoms in one water molecule are attracted to oxygen atoms in other water molecules. They like each other so much, they cling together. So why are bubbles round? The physicists will tell you that bubbles enclose the maximum volume of air in the minimum amount of bubble solution, so that’s why they are always round.

When you blow air through your Bubble Snake maker, you are creating hundreds of tiny bubbles. As the air wiggles through the fabric, bubbles are continuously being made. The bubbles attach to each other when they come out of the fabric. It’s all thanks to the same hydrogen bonds that make bubbles possible!”

*Bubble Mix (Steve Spangler Science mix):

  • 2-3 TB of bubble solution or Dawn dish soap
  • Mix with 9 oz. of distilled water
  • (Add a small amount of glycerin for strength if desired)
  • Let sit 24 hours