Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Gigantic Bubbles

Amelia's preschool has activity bags that kids can take home and play with.  Last week we borrowed the Bubbles bag, which contained a large bubble wand and recipes for making your own bubbles juice.  Here's what we learned:
  • You definitely need glycerin to blow the big bubbles!  I found a bottle of glycerin at Target; a 6oz bottle cost about $6.  I couldn't find a bulk bottle of glycerin at Walgreens, but you can also order it on amazon.  The more glycerin you add, the better the bubbles seem to stay together.  
  • The directions that we had said to store the bubble overnight in the fridge for best results, but we found that it worked fine right after mixing.
  • Make more bubble solution than you think you will need.
  • Bubbles work best on cool, cloudy days without much wind, but some wind will help the bubbles form.

So, here are the two bubble recipes that we tried using glycerin:

2 8oz bottles of bubbles
1/4 cup glycerin
1/4 cup dishwashing liquid

2 cups water
1 cup dishwashing soap
3 tbsp glycerin
1/2 tsp sugar

For both recipe, just mix the ingredients in a large container (I use a large lidded yogurt container) and pour into the bubble tray.  Both recipes worked well.

Ben was the only one who could get the big bubbles to work, but Amelia had fun using the wand to blow hundreds of little bubbles.
Even Megan tried to blow bubbles, but she mostly just ended up with bubble juice in her hair.  She had fun watching them, although you can't tell from this picture.  I was having a hard time getting good pictures of bubbles, I think everyone was moving to fast for the camera to focus.  A whole bunch of the neighbor kids came over to chase the bubbles and try to pop them.  We were very popular.  :)

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