Mad Science: Exploring surface tension with bubble snakes + more

Try these 3 easy, budget-friendly experiments at home with your kids!

SAN ANTONIO – Want to keep your kids learning this summer? Here are three fun and easy experiments to explore surface tension with your kids at home with a little help from Andrea Cook with Mad Science of Austin and San Antonio.

1. Exploding colors: Add drops of food coloring to a plate of milk and see the colors spread as they disrupt the surface tension.

2. Bubble fun: Can you catch the bubble and keep it intact, without disrupting the surface tension? You’ll definitely have fun trying!

3. Bubble snakes: Cut the bottom end off a water bottle, cover the bottom end of the bottle with a washcloth or dishcloth and seal it with a rubber band. Dip the cloth in soapy water, then blow through the top of the bottle and watch your bubble snake grow!

Watch the video above for step-by-step instructions and to learn the science behind these experiments.

For more information on camps, lessons and more from Mad Science of Austin and San Antonio, click here.

About the Authors

Diana Winters is a San Antonio-area native, Emmy award-winning and GLAAD-nominated journalist who loves the Alamo City. She is the executive producer of SA Live, creator of South Texas PRIDE and co-creator of Texas Eats.

Robert started his career at KSAT more than 10 years ago. He started as a prompter operator, to director, to promotions producer and now SA Live producer. He loved the excitement of news but entertainment is where he feels at home.

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