(Primary): Build a Better Bubble!

Time Required: Two 45-60 minute session
Skill Level: Intermediate
Recommended Grades: K to 2nd

"Bubbles are everywhere!" In this experiment, students will design a bubble wand as well as alter a bubble mixture to determine how shape relates to the science of bubble-making.

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Lesson Plan


Step 1

Have a bowl of tap water ready for each group.
Have a 1/4 cup of liquid soap ready for each group.

Step 2

Whole group: Brainstorm and record what students think they know about bubbles.

Step 3

Ask what bubble mixtures are made from. *Liquid soap and water.

Step 4

Ask students what a bubble is. *A thin sphere of liquid that encloses gas.

Step 5

Ask students where bubbles can be found. (Possible answers: soda pop, ocean waves, bubble wrap, mouth/saliva, bubbles in a volcano, etc.)

Step 6

Differentiate between various types of bubbles and those created at home or school with liquid soap and water.

Step 7

Ask students if they think it's possible to create something other than a sphere-shaped bubble.

Step 8

Share the Challenge: Students will be working in small groups to design a different type of bubble wands and bubble mixtures to a. increase their knowledge about bubbles.

Step 9

Share possible bubble challenges students may attempt to create: a) the longest-lasting bubble, b) the weirdest shaped bubble or c) the bounciest bubble.

Step 10

Divide students to work in pairs and choose one challenge.

Step 11

Model how to create stencils for bubble wands, using pencil and paper. Demonstrate how to trace over lines with 3Doodler.
*Note: Draw stencil on paper with pencil. Trace over lines with 3Doodler. Retrace about 3-4 times to create a rigid frame and stick for your bubble wand. Create a cube with 4 welded squares.

Step 12

Demonstrate how to record observational notes on the Build a Better Bubble sheet.

Step 13

Discuss using eyedroppers and spoons to measure and record specific amounts of liquids used and record on the Build a Better Bubble sheet.

Step 14

Hand out paper, pencils, 3Doodlers, liquid soap, spoons, eyedroppers, water and bowls.

Step 15

Check students wand sketches before allowing them to move onto designing stencils.

Step 16

Circle to assist and assess as students work.

Wrap Up

Students share their notes from the Build a Better Bubble sheet, and present their wands and mixtures to class. Discuss what went well and what could be improved. Share on Twitter #3DoodlerEDU


Review students' Build a Better Bubble sheets, wands and mixtures. Assess their presentations and feedback during discussions.

Possible Extensions

Students will use what they learned in this lesson to improve their bubble wands and mixtures and then present them to peers, once again. Students will experiment with bubble mixture, adding a spoonful of paint and then blowing bubbles onto white paper to determine if paint will change the color of bubbles. Painting With Bubbles


Bubble Worksheet

Group Members' Names: ________________________________________

Which problem will your bubble wand solve? Circle one.
1. My bubble wand will make the longest-lasting bubbles.
2. My bubble wand will make the weirdest shaped bubbles.
3. My bubble wand will make the bounciest bubbles.

Before Experiment: Draw a picture of how you and your partner want your bubble wand to look. Think about size and shape.

Make a Prediction: Draw a picture to show what the bubbles you blow will look like.

Bubble Mixture: Measure the ingredients. Use the eyedropper and measuring cup to measure. Record the amounts used in the box below.
Example: We used 1 cup of water. We used 4 eye droppers of liquid soap.
1. liquid soap:

2. water:

After Experiment: Draw a picture of what your bubble wand actually looks like. Does it look like the picture you drew before the experiment? Circle one: Yes No

Observations: What happened when you blew bubbles with your wand? Draw a picture or write about you saw in the box below.

Rethinking: What could you do to improve your bubble wand or bubble mixture? Draw a picture or write about it in the box below.


    Educational Standards

    Common Core

    Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    In This Lesson

    Students will listen during whole group instruction and collaborate and listen with partner during the design and testing process.

    Common Core

    Ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topics and texts under discussion.

    In This Lesson

    Students will listen to teacher during instruction and ask questions to clarify understanding. Students will listen and ask their partner questions about bubble design and testing to improve collaboration.

    Next Gen Science

    Engineering Design Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.

    In This Lesson

    Students will consider the design challenge and ask questions, make observations and record information during the design and bubble wand testing process.

    Next Gen Science

    Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.

    In This Lesson

    Students will sketch, design and create a bubble wands to accomplish a selected challenge with their partner.

    CS Teachers
    Collection, Visualization and Transformation

    Collect and present the same data in various visual formats.

    In This Lesson

    Students will collect data in illustrations, models and writing.


    Use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

    In This Lesson

    Students will use the 3Doodler to create a bubble wand to accomplish a selected challenge.


    Exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.

    In This Lesson

    Students will demonstrate willingness and competency within an open-ended task with more than one possible outcome.


    Create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

    In This Lesson

    Students will create an original wand to accomplish a selected challenge.


    Use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.

    In This Lesson

    Students will seek feedback from partner before creating a wand with 3Doodler.

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