Sunday, February 26, 2012

Winter Bubbles/Talvikuplia



Today was a chilly day in Maine, so we decided to try blowing bubbles outside, again. We tried once in New Hampshire last year, but it wasn't cold enough that day. But today was!

It was a bit windy, so it took many tries to blow our bubbles and catch them, too.




Once we caught a bubble, we needed to shelter it from the wind, yet not breathe on it, and it would start freezing pretty quickly. Then, quickly, it would pop. Our fingers were also freezing, so we decided to stop for now, and try again later. The pictures are so delicious, though, I wanted to share right away:)


Frozen puddle of bubble mix, and two frozen bubbles on top of the grill.

To make this a homeschool science experiment, we googled soap bubbles, and found out from wikipedia:

Soap bubbles blown into air that is below a temperature of −15 °C (5 °F) will freeze when they touch a surface. The air inside will gradually diffuse out, causing the bubble to crumble under its own weight. At temperatures below about −25 °C (−13 °F), bubbles will freeze in the air and may shatter when hitting the ground.

We learned while last year had been below freezing in New Hampshire, soap bubbles freeze at a lower temperature than water. Pretty neat!

Sunday Snapshot

Linking this post to Sunday Snapshot at Ni Hao Ya'll, Hip Homeschool Hop, and Look! What We Did!


Meillä oli kiva kotikoulukokeilu tänään, puhalsimme saippuakuplia ulkona pakkassäällä. Kerran olimme jo kokeilleet New Hampshiressä, mutta silloin ei ollut tarpeeksi kylmä - saippuakuplat jäätyvät kylmemmässä kuin vesi jäätyy. Tänään onnistui, ja oi sitä hyvää mieltä - niin lasten, kuin äidinkin!


  1. Way cool science experiment! I love the first shot of your sweet girl and her eye in the bubble wand!

  2. Very fun! Those are great pictures!

  3. It was so much fun! We'll prob try to do it again tomorrow:) Thanks for your comments Payne Family, Annie & Teri!

  4. I wish it were cold enough in Texas to ever try this! We try things like baking cookies on the dashboard during the summer. Sadly, we could never try this!

  5. - Sheri, time to visit Maine :-D

  6. Cool!Our temps here have been unusually warm this winter but if we get another cold snap we have to try this!!!!

  7. Gayly, definitely need the cold, but so much fun to do.

  8. Thanks so much for sharing this. We have no idea what freezing is - literally. We live in south Florida. On the rare nights that it's supposed to get into the 30's, my boys have put water outside to see if it will freeze. Hasn't happened yet! Thanks for the virtual homeschool science today! :-)

  9. leadinggodsgeneration, we love Florida! We spend a part of the year there, but yes - can do a lot of wonderful things in Florida, but not this experiment:)

  10. Very, very cool! I have never even thought of doing that. :)

  11. Anna, if it gets cold enough where you are, you should definitely try it! Or... come up to Maine to try:)

  12. I have wanted to try this experiment with my girls, but haven't yet...very cool that you got it to work! Thanks for linking with Look What We Did!

  13. Fintastic! :) ;)
    I remember doing that in Finland one winter - sooo cool, when the bubbles freeze!

  14. Thanks for linking up! That is SO cool! I never knew that would happen!!! Too cool! I learned something today!

  15. Susan, I hope you have a chance to try!

    MaaMaa, it was cool! I can't believe you tried it already in Finland:)

    Yay, Theresa!!