Bubble Cups

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In this activity, learners will construct a device to blow bubbles. By adding corn syrup to the bubble solution, we can increase the surface tension of the bubbles--and their size. This activity uses low cost materials and can be done at home. Activity includes step-by-step instructions with photos and a "What's Going On?" section that explains the science.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Styrofoam cup
  • ½ Plastic straw
  • Rubber band
  • Piece of cloth
  • Bubble solution
  • Or make your own bubble solution: 4 Cups water, ½ cup dish soap, 1 Tbsp corn syrup


  • Physical Sciences
    • Structure and Properties of Matter

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


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