Who doesn’t like bubbles?! Bubbles bring out the child in all of us lifts our spirits up 😀 It is always so much fun while blowing bubbles and happiness triples in case of the kids! No matter how many bubble solution bottles we buy, it gets over in a day. I wanted to try homemade bubble solutions to beat this Quarantine boredom and have some fun with the kids. I made two different solutions to see how it works. The giant bubble solution involves more ingredients. The simple bubble solution is super easy and involves only 3 ingredients!
It’s a perfect activity for kids to enjoy by themselves with minimal to no-supervision. Get ready to savor your coffee time peacefully! 😉
As an additional bonus, we also made some bubble snakes 😀 In this post, I will write how to make those bubble solutions, how it worked and how to make diy bubble wands as well. There is some science involved in all of this!!
1.Simple Bubble Solution
This is our usual bubble solution that we get from the stores. I didn’t know that it is this much easier to make it at home. It’s super simple and doesn’t invlove any techniques like in Giant bubbles.
- Warm water – 1 cup
- Sugar – 1/8 cup
- Dish soap – 1/8 cup
- Mix the sugar in warm water until it dissolves.
- Now, add the dish soap and mix well. That’s it
- Go out and have fun blowing your bubbles 😀
- Unlike Giant bubbles, these normal bubbles doesn’t need any resting time and can be used immediately
2.Giant Bubble Solution
This is for making those really huge giant bubbles that most of us would’ve seen in a fair. It is much more fun than the usual bubbles.
- Water – 3 cups
- Dish soap – 1/4 cup
- Corn starch – 1/4 cup
- Baking powder – 1/2 tbsp
- Glycerin – 1 tbsp
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and let it rest overnight or for at least 3 hours. The resting helps the solution to get concentrated.
- If you don’t have glycerin, you can use 1/2 cup of light corn syrup in place of cornstarch and glycerin.
- To make bubble wands, cut the ends of two straws. Insert a twine through one end of a straw and loop it to the second straw and tie the ends of the twine together.
- The length of the twine should be at least 2 twice the length of the straws.
- After the resting time pour the giant bubble solution in a wide tray for easier use.
- One problem with this that, the corn starch often settles down at the bottom and you have to mix it back every now and then. Other than that, it works perfectly.
To make bubble snakes, you need a plastic bottle, a sock (I am sure that everyone will have one sock that is missing it’s pair :-P) and a rubber band. Cut the bottom part of the plastic bottle and attach the socks to cover it. Secure it with a rubber band. Now dip the sock end of the bottle in either of the bubble solutions and blow through the open end. You will see some bubble snakes coming out from the bottle’s end!
You can also add some food coloring in the sock for added fun.
For the Science part:
Although bubbles involve a lot of chemistry, surface tension and all that, it’s not going to make much sense to the kids until they reach a certain age.
For our younger scientists, we can make some very simple science experiment with the bubbles. If you have a pipe cleaner, shape them into a square or a triangle and ask your kids to see what shape the bubbles come out has. Are the bubbles square when blown with a square pipe bubble wand? Is it still spherical? Explore why 😀
– Parental supervision is very important when children under 3 years are using the bubble solution.
– For younger kids, a straw can be used as a bubble wand. It is a much safer option although the bubbles will be much smaller.
– When blowing the bubble snakes, make sure that the kids blow the air out. If they suck in they will swallowing the bubble solution.