COSI's Bubble Recipe

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Everybody loves bubbles, and this is the best bubble recipe ever! Included as part of one of COSI's Family Science Quests, this COSI favorite invites learners to make bubbles and suggests a variety of ways to explore and experiment.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 1 gallon of water
  • 1/2 cup dishwashing liquid (Dawn works best!)
  • 1/4 cup glycerin (available in most drugstores)
  • Bucket and tray
  • Wands


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Solutions
    • States of Matter
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Light and Optics
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • About Inquiry
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations

Informal Categories

  • Outdoor Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Family Programs & Camps


  • All rights reserved, COSI Columbus, 2009