Children love bubbles. I love bubbles. They’re fun to try and catch, a challenge to blow really large without popping and the shapes and colors are so beautiful to watch. I’ve learned over the years that bubbles make a great bath time activity, outdoor activity and yes even in the car on a long road trip (put wand up to the air vent)! Bubbles have a science to them and even the oldest of children can get into bubbles if you start to challenge them to learn more about this volume of air.
Both of my young children are into bubbles but while one likes to catch the bubbles the other likes to figure out the different shapes he can make and challenge himself to make various size bubbles. To save ourselves some money and green our bubble making experience I’ve started making my own bubbles and bubble wands.
Here is what we do to make bubble time more Eco-friendly, non-toxic and just as fun:
- 1/2 cup of Eco-friendly dish detergent (if your detergent is concentrate cut the amount in half)
- 5 cups of soft water or distilled water
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin or light corn syrup or honey (corn syrup or honey can attract bees and wasps)
Mix this together in a storage container and leave overnight or for a minimum of 4 hours. I like to make double because we use so much during the summertime.
- Use recycled objects in your home to create bubble wands. We have several wire coat hangers that we have bent into a variety of shapes to use.
- If you use plastic straws don’t throw them away! Take two pieces of yarn and tie them to two straws to make a square. Dip into the bubble solution and you will create a giant bubble!
- Reuse the straws to make a bubble paining. When the bubble solution is getting down to the very end add a few drops of food coloring or tempera paint and blow (do not suck the straw) and make tiny bubbles. Carefully place your paper on top of the bubbles for a beautiful painting. We use these for birthday or thank you cards.
- Reuse your old bubble containers and wands and make more solution for summertime bubble fun!
- Make some bubble solution and give to a friend for their birthday with bubble instructions