Kid's Activity: Bubbles for a Crowd!

by Carol Jordan

A fun way to spend any day is to pull out a bottle of bubbles. Those bubbles create amazement and excitement in children of all ages but can end up costing a lot of money. Here we offer an easy recipe so that you can extend the fun by making your own bubble mix as well as really fun toys to make your bubbles as big or little as you like!

Basic Bubble Mix
• 2/3 cup Joy dishwashing liquid
• 1 gallon bucket of water (for LOTS of fun!)
• 2 - 3 tablespoons glycerin

Mix together and dip your favorite bubble wand in for a bucket load of fun!

Bubble Wand 1
Bend one end of a chenille stem or pipe cleaner into a circle and dip the circle end into the bubble solution.

Bubble Wand 2
Attach a pipe cleaner to one corner of the plastic ring holder from a 6-pack of soda. Hold the ring holder by the pipe cleaner and dip into bubble solution.

Bubble Wand 3
Use a fly swatter or the bottom of a strawberry basket (with a pipe cleaner attached to make a handle)!

Some bubble DON'Ts

  • DON'T stir the solution with the wand -- this creates foam on top and makes the bubble solution hard to use.
  • DON'T let dirt or grass get in the bubble solution -- this will reduce the amount of bubbles you get.
  • DON'T play with bubbles on concrete or tile floors -- spilled bubble solution is VERY slippery and can cause accidents.

Some bubble DO's

  • DO use on humid days -- this works well when the humidity is high.
  • DO go out in below freezing temps to blow bubbles! You'll be amazed at what happens to the bubbles!
  • DO experiment with other "wands" and see what else you can find that works!

Carol Jordan is the mother of 2 children. She has been a preschool teacher for 9 years and is working toward a CDA (Child Development Associate) an Early Childhood Education professional credential.

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