Bubbles have always been a popular children’s activity, and with good reason, they’re fun! But what about frozen bubbles? They’re even more fun! All you need is three simple things. Keep reading to see how to make frozen bubbles with your kids.
How to Make Frozen Bubbles
You can play with your frozen bubbles just like regular bubbles. Blow them into the air and watch them float away. But don’t touch them – they’ll break! Frozen bubbles are a fun winter activity that the whole family can enjoy. Bundle up and head outside to have some fun.
All you need is some bubble solution, a bubble wand, and freezing cold temperatures outside. So, if you’re looking for something to do on a cold winter day, make some frozen bubbles! It’s a fun activity the whole family can enjoy.
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Do bubbles work in cold weather?
Yes, bubbles work in cold weather! In fact, they work better in cold weather. The bubbles will freeze before they reach the ground, so you can enjoy them for a longer time.
The bubbles will start to freeze as soon as they are blown. Frozen bubbles can form an exciting frost pattern on the surrounding surface.
blowing bubbles in freezing weather
It took a few tries to get these images and video but it was so fun! I highly recommend doing this project and living in the moment vs trying to capture a picture.
They are absolutely magical to watch as each one is a little bit different and there are many unique crystal patterns that will form and spread on the bubbles.
The most ideal conditions to do this project in are when it’s very cold and isn’t windy! The bubbles are already very delicate and many pop almost instantly-even when you aren’t trying to catch them. Next is the temperature… I’ve read many different things that have said anything under 30 degrees to 15 degrees F will work.
We did have success with anything below 20 F, but the absolute best bubble experience we had was when the air was still and it was exactly 0 degrees F out. A little bit of a narrow window but worth it if you can catch the timing right. We had fun doing this each morning that it was really cold and the rising sun was so pretty behind the bubbles!
But really blowing bubbles outside is always fun no matter what the weather is.
For stronger bubbles, you can add a tablespoon of corn syrup OR glycerin and a tablespoon of sugar. The corn syrup or glycerin will help the bubbles be strong and the sugar will help with the crystallization.
Thin gloves so you can still maneuver the bubble wand but keep your hands warm.
Warm clothing on everyone.
Possibly some hand warmers, I found these to be very helpful.
Choose safety first when exploring this project outside in really cold temperatures!
how to freeze bubbles in winter
- Decide where you would like to do this project, trying to avoid spots that may be windy.
- Start blowing bubbles!
- When choosing to watch the bubbles, kiddos can run after them to watch the progress as they freeze in the air. Sometimes the bubbles will almost spin in slow motion as they are freezing and if the sun catches them just right it almost looks like a new tiny planet is forming!
frozen ice bubbles
You can talk with kiddos about how bubbles have three layers to them. There is a layer of water sandwiched between two layers of soap! The middle water layer will start to freeze first as it freezes at a warmer temperature than the soap does. This means the soap takes longer to cool down and start to freeze than the water layer.
If you watch closely you can see a lot of movement within the bubble, these are the crystals forming and then freely moving between the two soap layers until the soap layers start to get cold enough that they become locked or frozen in place.
how to freeze bubbles outside
How do you play bubbles in the winter?
It’s as simple as using a bubble solution, a bubble wand, and winter weather!
To play bubbles in the winter, all you need is bubbles, a bubble wand, and some freezing cold temperatures outside. You may never want to blow bubbles in other seasons again! There’s nothing like playing bubbles on the first snowflake or while it’s sleeting. It’ll warm your hands just like any other summer day.
Blowing bubbles in very cold weather means that each one will pop before it reaches the ground so they’re more of an art project than a game: what do you think of my design? And how many different shapes can you see in the frozen bubbles?
frozen bubble experiment
There’s nothing like blowing bubbles on the first snowflake. The look of ice crystals that form will warm your hands and heart just like any other summer day.
The bubbles will start to freeze as soon as they are blown. Frozen bubbles can form an exciting frost pattern on the surrounding surface. So have fun with your frozen bubbles this winter season!
Bubbles are so much fun! Whether it’s summer or winter kids LOVE playing with bubbles!
These frozen bubbles can be art, science, sensory, book activities, hands on learning, fun, and so much more.
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How to Make Frozen Bubbles Winter Science Experiement
- A bottle of bubbles
- Bubble Wand
Decide where you would like to do this project, trying to avoid spots that may be windy.
Start blowing bubbles!
When choosing to watch the bubbles, kiddos can run after them to watch the progress as they freeze in the air. Sometimes the bubbles will almost spin in slow motion as they are freezing and if the sun catches them just right it almost looks like a new tiny planet is forming!
** For stronger bubbles, you can add a tablespoon of corn syrup OR glycerin and a tablespoon of sugar. The corn syrup or glycerin will help the bubbles be strong and the sugar will help with the crystallization.