Blowing Bubbles in Winter
Winter can get long where we live so I’m always looking for fun things to do outside. Blowing frozen bubbles is one way to get outside and enjoy the season.
Here are some tips for blowing frozen bubbles.
- Use chilled bubble solution.
- Try to pick a time when temperatures are well below freezing. Single digits or below zero degrees Fahrenheit works best.
- Find a spot that’s sheltered from the wind.
- Blow a lot of bubbles because most of them will pop before freezing.
That’s it. Enjoy watching the bubbles land and slowly freeze. If you want to take photos, it’s helpful if someone else is blowing the bubbles because the bubbles will start to crumble after a while. You shouldn’t have any trouble getting your kids to help.
It was fascinating watching the bubbles slowly freeze and then watching them self-destruct. Your children will enjoy picking up the delicate bubble fragments.
This article on blowing frozen bubbles gives this explanation for why the bubbles don’t last long, “As ice crystals form in the bubble’s surface, something else forms along with them: cracks. This means that any air trapped inside the sphere suddenly has an escape route. As air molecules diffuse through the tiny cracks between ice crystals, the sudden drop in internal pressure causes the bubble to implode, crushed by the force of the atmosphere.”
We enjoyed this activity so much we blew bubbles and took pictures until it grew dark (not too hard to do in winter).
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