frozen ice bubble

Frozen Bubbles: Winter Science Fun

Watching the amazing patterns forming on these frozen bubbles is pretty cool! Every bubble is unique, with its own spectacular ice crystal formation. This is an easy, fun science experiment.

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

frozen ice bubble with ice crystals lit by the sun

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.

Be gentle and slow when blowing; otherwise, the frozen bubbles could pop.

clear frozen bubbles forming ice crystals

Supplies for Frozen Bubbles

  • 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


making frozen ice bubbles

Add the warm tap water to a bowl.

Then add the corn syrup and stir.

making frozen ice bubbles

Add the sugar

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

making frozen bubbles

Add the dish soap.

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

making frozen 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

blowing frozen bubbles

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

blowing frozen bubbles with a straw

Find a flat, snowy surface to blow your bubbles.

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

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

two frozen bubbles with ice crystals

TIPS: Blow through the straw slowly

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

Sometimes, the bubbles will land, and 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!

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