Don’t we all have memories of blowing bubbles as a kid? It’s a classic kid activity. I also have some pretty sweet mom memories of blowing bubbles when my kids were just square, chubby toddlers. This bubble recipe takes blowing bubbles to the next level.
These bubbles, though, they’re big. Making them isn’t passive. This bubble recipe results in a whole body activity that calls for standing, moving, and playing! It’s just as tempting to adults as it is for kiddos. It’s just the kind of fun summertime ordered.
A new kind of bubble recipe…
When my kids were little we had bubble wands in all shapes and sizes. We had machines that spit bubbles out at you with out lifting a finger. Last summer I made up a huge bucket of bubble solution that was supposed to make big bubbles. It was a bust, literally. The bucket full of useless solution stayed tucked away into the garage until this summer and new inspiration hit.
Trial and error….
We tried several recipes. The recipe below yielded the nicest bubbles using ingredients we had on hand. This recipe originally did not contain glycerin but I think it makes for better, longer lasting bubbles.
If you don’t have glycerin on hand it’s still worth making without it. And if you want to buy it look for it in the first aid aisle at the drug store. (Think next to the Epsom salts.)
I like big bubbles and I cannot lie…..
This bubble recipe is so simple. To me it represents the kind of fun summer is supposed to be about; outside, a little messy, no rules.
The bubble wand….
Now that you’ve got this awesome bubble recipe mixed up you need some amazing bubble wands. At my house we went simple; using what we had on hand. We simply took a long length of cotton yarn, maybe three or four feet. (I’m not much for measuring!) Then we slid on two straws, tied the yarn, and spread the straws apart. Just hold the topes of the two straws and dip into the solution.
We found moving slowly made bubbles that would last. Quicker motion resulted in bigger bubbles but they popped as soon as they left the wand!
Fancy pants wands….
Our simple straw wands have been through three gatherings and are stull usable though they are a little bendy. I would venture to say they would last all summer for single family use.
There are some really great instructions out there for wands that will last longer and withstand more than the ones we made. Check out this post from Inner Child Fun for sturdy wands using dowel rods. Babble Dabble Do illustrates some bubble blowers made from straws (like ours) but in complicated shapes (not like ours) to produce fun, geometric bubbles. The possibility are endless. Pick one and get started today!
Try this giant bubble recipe and let me know what your family thinks! It’s a kid magnet, I promise!