Kids’ summer fun means bubble activities!
Oh, those magical orbs, floating like fairies and beckoning us to
follow! Here’s how our family made the most of our bubble activities.
First, we mixed our own bubble liquid (see recipe below). Then we gathered bubble solution containers: kiddy pools, buckets, pie pans and storage tubs.
Wand collecting came next: shaped coat hangers, funnels (dipping the larger end in), empty plastic strawberry cartons, spatulas with holes, six-pack holders and clean fly swatters. Just watching the different sizes and shapes of bubbles form was entertainment on its own.
...eventually, the more formal bubble activities began
US kids spend on average more than 5 hours a day watching TV, making these fun bubble games even more valuable to a parent!
- For “Bubble Finish Line,” we’d notice where bubbles were drifting and beginning to break. We marked a finish line near that area, and counted how many bubbles could make it past the finish line within a given amount of time. One person was in charge of counting. This was a group effort that created non-competitive cooperative fun.
- For “Bubble Dodge,” two people stood on either side of a running area about 15 to 25 feet apart. One person says, “Go!” and the two people blow bubbles into the area, while the remaining players try to make it from one side to the other dodging bubbles.
- For “Bubble Hoops,” we hung a hoop from a tree, pole, or other object (hoops were made from coat hangers, large cardboard or cloth cutouts, anything that made a roundish hoop) and challenged ourselves to get the bubbles to go through the hoops. Needless to say, we were scrumptiously clean after the bubble games were finished.
The basic bubble liquid recipe that worked for us was 2/3-cup liquid dish washing detergent (not dishwasher detergent) to four cups warm water, and one tablespoon of glycerin (available quite inexpensively at drug stores) or white corn syrup.
Minerals in water make a difference, and distilled water works best. Humidity also makes a difference. If bubbles are too heavy, add more water, if they break too easily, add more detergent, glycerin or corn syrup. This experimentation in making the best bubble solution was part of the fun. Any leftover bubble solution can be stored in a jar with a tight lid.
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