You think you know all there is to know about bubbles? Think again! Bubbles for kids go way beyond the simple dip-and-blow variety of your neighborhood drugstore. These amazing bubble activities will have you looking at those magnificent orbs in a whole new light.
Kids love blowing bubbles outside, but you may be surprised to learn that it is often easier to make big, beautiful bubbles indoors. Breezes can make it harder to blow bubbles, and make them pop faster. The activities listed below would be best done indoors, or possibly on an outdoor table that is well-protected from the wind.
Bubbles for kids can be soapy and goopy, but your tables and floors will be spotless when you are done! Speaking of floors, a tile floor is easy to clean but can become slippery; put down plenty of towels to catch the extra water and give traction. If kids work in a carpeted room, getting rugs slightly wet and soapy won’t hurt them, and there is no wet surface to slip on.
To make bubbles, you will need: 1. a table that can get very wet, 2. a few things to blow bubbles with, 3. lots of towels, and 4. a good bubble mixture.
A Good Bubble Mixture
6 cups water
2 cups dishwashing liquid (Dawn or Joy work best)
3/4 cup light corn syrup or glycerin (find in drugstores)
Mix it gently. The longer you let the mixture set before using, the longer the bubbles seem to last. Note: If your bubble recipe does not seem to be working for you, adjust it by adding more dishwashing liquid until bubbles form more easily.
Bubbles like to be wet. Dry things make bubbles pop.
Bubbles don’t like foam. If you stir up bubble mix too vigorously, you will make foam. Scrape it off and start again.
Bubbles don’t like wind. Wind is dry. See number one.
Here are some easy (but GREAT) bubble activities that first graders–and their parents, and their brothers and sisters–will love doing!
Household Bubble Makers: Almost anything can be used to blow bubbles, as long as it’s wet. Get an object, dip it entirely in bubble solution, and blow a bubble. Try some of these surprising bubble-makers: rubber band, cheese grater, colander or strainer, piece of string with ends tied together, scissors, a straw. What else can you find that makes bubbles? What kinds of things can’t make bubbles?
Body Bubbles: Did you know you can make bubbles with nothing but your own body and some bubble mix? Make sure your hands are very wet; dip them entirely in bubble solution. Make a bubble using one hand. Make a bubble using both hands. What other shapes can you make with your fingers to make bubbles?
Giant Bubbles for Kids: String and yarn make amazing bubbles. Get a long piece of string and tie the ends together. Dip your hands and the string in the bubble mix. Pull out the string, open it up, and blow. The bigger the string, the bigger the bubbles you can blow!
Half Bubbles: You will need a straw and a cookie sheet, or some other shallow pan with a rim. Make sure the bottom of the pan is covered in bubble solution. Put the straw into the bubble solution and blow gently; a half-bubble will grow up around the straw!
You may be amazed at how addictive bubbles can be for kids (and adults too!). Remember to keep hands, table, and tools wet, and to blow gently. As always, ask lots of questions while your kids play. What make the best bubble blowers? What do kids notice about the bubbles they make? How big was their biggest bubble?