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frozen bubbles

It’s pretty cool to watch these freeze! Every bubble is unique, with its own spectacular ice crystal formation.

This does take a little bit of patience – the bubbles can pop easily, so it takes some practice to get the technique right!

Before You Begin

Pick a cold day. It’s best when temperatures are below 5°F/-15°C, but the colder the better! The bubbles can even freeze in the air if it’s really cold.

Dress warm! Extreme cold can be dangerous, so be sure to bundle up and have an adult around to keep an eye on safety.

Pick a day with no wind. Even a gentle breeze can make the bubbles pop. Or try building snow walls around a small area to block the wind.

When blowing, be gentle and slow – otherwise, the bubbles could pop

Supplies

  • 4 Tbps Dish soap
  • 4 Tbps Corn syrup
  • 3.5 Tbps Sugar
  • Straw (we found a wide one worked best)
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • 300ml warm water

Instructions

Add the warm tap water to a bowl.

Add the corn syrup and stir

Add the sugar

Stir until the sugar is dissolved (when you don’t see any more sugar crystals)

Add the dish soap

Stir gently until combined (not too vigorously or there will be too many bubbles)

Put the mixture in the freezer or outside, for maybe 20-30 minutes

You don’t want the liquid to freeze, so if you live somewhere very cold, reduce the outdoor chilling time

Dip the end of the straw in the bubble mixture

If you blow and no bubble forms, dip the end of the straw into the mixture again

Find a flat, snowy surface to blow your bubbles

If it is too windy, you could build a little snow shelter around to block the wind

Or, if it’s really cold, just blow them into the air and watch them freeze!

TIPS: Blow through the straw slowly

Use a gentle breath (don’t blow too hard)

Sometimes the bubbles will land, sometimes they will stay attached to the straw. Gently roll the straw off the bubble if the bubble is still stuck to the straw

Have fun!