Bubbles are any pocket of gas trapped in a liquid membrane. The bubbles we normally play with are made of a solution of soap and water. Adding soap to the water helps create a more flexible membrane around the bubble, allowing it to float in the air, but the water is doing all the important work! Water is made up of lots of tiny molecules. The molecules in water are attracted to each other and because of that, they stick together. The water’s attraction to itself creates a force called SURFACE TENSION, holding the molecules of water in a bubble around the air.

Bubbles can be made of many different types of liquids and gasses. Some bubbles, like the ones we see in soda, pop quickly. We can, however add a few ingredients that make our bubble take much longer to pop. Check out our make-at-home recipe for super strong, long lasting bubbles just like the ones made on the show!


Wonderama Rules:  Safety first. Wear safety glasses and alway ask permission and be supervised by an adult when conducting an experiment.


You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of dish soap
  • 2 tablespoons of corn syrup

Mix the water, dish soap, and corn syrup together in a bowl. Next, dip a bubble wand or straw into the solution and start making bubbles! Smaller bubbles can be passed around with if you wear cloth gloves. To make the bubble solution even stronger, you can leave it overnight to rest, and your bubbles will become even stronger. One day after you make the solution, You will be able to make extra large bubbles that you can even bounce on the ground!

Why does this solution make extra strong bubbles?

A bubble pops when the water that is mixed with the soap evaporates. The corn syrup in our bubble mixture makes the solution thicker and helps the water evaporate more slowly.  The thicker bubble solution makes the bubbles pop more slowly, but it also makes the bubbles stronger so they can be played with!