DIY Christmas Tree Bubble Wand {Learn bubble physics}

 Learn to make a bubble wand and teach kids about bubble physics.  Check this link for more STEM activities for Christmas with fun for kids. 

Make a Christmas tree bubble wand and explore bubble science through play

Playing bubble is my pass time activity with kids. We used to have loads of joy. I wanted to gift my kids with happiness this Christmas with a DIY bubble wand. This will double the joy of Christmas fun and wands matching the occasion!

We have made wands several times for different occasion and trust me there is a learning every time. The physics concepts are learned from this experiment. We try different shape and make it unique every time.

Related: Check out other bubble wands by clicking the link below.

  1. Geometric shapes
  2. Easter egg
  3. Heart Shaped
Suitable For

All age group kids will enjoy with bubbles and at each age, they will experience different fun. Usually, babies will be fond of seeing and touching bubbles. On the other hand preschooler and KG kids will learn how to make it and how it works. My daughter’s Pritika and Tisha were 6 and 4 respectively when we tried this for Christmas.

Playing with Christmas Tree bubble wands

How to make a Christmas Tree Bubble Wand

Things required

  • green tape
  • chopsticks
  • bubble mix solution
  • a cup
  • 12″ x 6mm pipe cleaner sparkly metallic green and 12″ x 6mm pipe cleaner furry green

From the list, you can see that there are two pipe cleaners we used namely the sparkly and the furry type. The trees will look different. Both displayed the same performance but my kids enjoyed sparkly one when compared to the furry type.

 Instructions to make them

  1. Take the pipe cleaner and fold it into half and mark the center point which will be the top of the Christmas tree.
  2. Bend and make a Christmas tree shape by joining the end in the center of the tree base
  3. Twist the rest of the pipe cleaner around chopstick end.
  4. Use tape to wrap it and secure it.
  5. Take the bubble mix in a bowl
  6. Before blowing check with kids if they know what shape will come out of the wands.
  7. Dip the bubble wand in the mix and blow

Christmas tree bubble wands

Tisha expected it to come out in Christmas tree shape. But she understood that it will be only round in shape after blowing a couple of times.

Christmas tree bubble wand bubbles
Catching a bubble
Christmas tree bubble wand hero

Then I explained to her about the science behind it in simple words.

I told her that the shape is a sphere and it is happening due to the push-pull force between air and the bubble mixture.

Blowing bubbles with a DIY Christmas tree bubble wand

Christmas tree bubble wands

Later on, my elder one joined us from school and then I gave her a detailed explanation.

I told her that air is present everywhere but not visible and it can be felt. The soap solution reduces the surface tension of the water. When the bubble is floating the air present inside push the bubble outside and air outside pushes the bubble in and hence there is a push-pull force which makes the shape round.

Even with the Christmas tree shaped bubble wand the bubble will be round as the sharp corners will not balance out the inside and outside air. The outside air will push persistently till bubbles become round. Pritika observed that when the bubble landed on a slippery table it change shape to semi-sphere.

Semi sphere bubble

I told her that the third force coming from the table makes it appear flat on the table Hence, spherical bubble lands as a semi-spherical one. Pritika tried adding another bubble to the first one to see the shape.

Every time the touching portion appeared to be flat. Rest of the portion was round in shape.

Then we imagined and tried to make many bubbles float around attaching to each other. The bubble in the center will become a cube as all other bubbles touching it will make it flat. Across all sides, the sphere becomes flat to appear like a cube.

She also tried to look at the biggest bubble and its structure. She did eight bubbles on the table. It took time to stack and few disappeared in the process and she managed to arrange 8 of them in one go.

Creating a seven or eight bubble structure

Likewise, she tried in different ways and we enjoyed. Tisha had more fun and less understanding. But Pritika understood concepts and experimented new things. 

Fun Science

Bubble mix contains soap and water. Adding soap to the water lessens the surface tension and hence water becomes thin and flexible. So you can make great bubbles with this texture.

Therefore bubbles are made up of the soapy water film containing air inside. The pushing out force of the air inside the bubble and the pushing in force of the air outside will balance out by forming a round shape.

Do you want to know the shape of the bubble in space?

Christmas tree bubble wand play

Christmas tree bubble wand square

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