A 15 degree day has to be good for something, right? Blow a frozen bubble! This is one of our favorite winter activities. We actually do it without even leaving our living room. No need to bundle up and go outside, just open the window and stick your head out!
Blow a bubble with ordinary bubble blowing solution. If the temperature is low enough (below freezing) the bubble will freeze after a few moments. Be sure to catch it on your wand before it freezes so you can pop it and watch it shatter. (I am not an awesome enough photographer to catch a picture of that, however!)
UPDATE: I've been getting a huge response to this post and questions so here are a few extra tips:
- The temps do need to be COLD. I find that for results it needs to be at least in the 20s F, but it works much. much better if it's in the teens, single digits, or best of all, below zero.
- Be patient. The bubble can take up to a minute to freeze. Higher temps = longer freezing time.
- Do you live in a warm climate? You can still make frozen bubbles! (See end of post.)
- I use regular, commercial bubble solution. For some reason, wands that are thicker are better. I have this one cheap thin wand, and I can never get it to work with that one.
It's a fun change from your normal winter play and shattering the frozen bubbles is quite a treat. Plus, you get in a bit of science learning in there too.
We were inspired by this post at Archimedes Notebook.
P.S. If you live in a location where the temperatures do not dip below freezing (lucky you) I you can do this by putting bubbles on a plate and sticking it in your fridge's freezer. Oddly, it takes longer to freeze -- probably because of all the other stuff in the freezer? The bonus part, however, is that you don't come away with a frozen face, too!
Have you ever tried this?