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STEAM@Home: Exploring Bubbles--What Can Bubbles Do?

By Cambridge STEAM Initiative

What can bubbles do?
Are there things bubbles cannot do?
Observe, experiment, and explore!

GIrl blowing bubbles
This is an ongoing program.

Ages 3 to 10.

Grades Preschool through 5th grade.


Sharlene Yang
Director, Cambridge STEAM Initiative
Barb MacEachern
Program Quality Manager, Cambridge STEAM Initiative

No application or registration needed.

  • Sign-up is ongoing


Contact us for more information.


Find a spot either inside or outdoors where you can make a wet, soapy mess. 

Additional information

Suggested materials: 

DIY Bubble Solution recipe:

1 cup of water
2 Tbsp of dish soap
1 Tbsp of glycerin or corn syrup

Mix ingredients well. Store in container. 

Test our each of the ideas in the data sheet (see downloadable pdf above). Keep track of what you discover by checking off Yes or No

This activity supports the practice of these STEAM Habits of Mind: Engage & persist, observe, reflect, stretch & explore.

Tips for Supporting Your Children's Learning

Get your child actively involved in their own learning and having their questions drive the learning. Let them observe and figure out, and try to hold back from answering questions for them. Instead, try to ask: What do we know? What else can we find out? How might we figure that out? Don't be afraid to ask your child questions.  Also, don't be afraid to say "I don't know--let's find out together!" as a way to respond to their questions.  Here's an article to help you support this kind of learning:  Of the Value of Saying I Don’t Know


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