Family Fun with Homemade Bubbles

Bubbles aren't exactly an expensive playtime activity, by themselves. However, considering the amount of times those little bottles of soapy chemicals are knocked over, the price can really add up. Wouldn't you prefer to have free bubble time? Follow the tips and ideas in this article for the frugal version of bubble play time, including some activities you can do with your children that make blowing bubbles even more fun.

Blowing bubbles with a homemade solution is a great activity for families and children

You can make your own bubble mixture using a simple recipe. Gather up 1/2 cup of dish soap or detergent, 5 cups of water (if your water tends to be hard, use bottled water), and 2 tablespoons of glycerin (you can get this at your local grocery store). If you don't have glycerin, you can substitute light corn syrup. Mix these ingredients together and very slowly stir them together -- you don't want to form the bubbles before your children get a chance! -- then let them blend overnight. The mixture will be ready the next day!

For colored bubbles, just trickle in a few drops of food coloring to your bubble mixture. If you want different colors, don't mix all the food coloring together or you'll get a gross brown hue. Instead, split the mixture into several smaller cups and add the color then.

It's also easy to make your own wands for blowing awesome bubbles! Inevitably, the bubble mixture is going to get all over the place, including on your children's hands, so why not use the natural wand they can create by making a circle with their thumb and forefinger? You can also use anything that can be shaped into a roughly loop formation: coat hangers, pipe cleaners, or beading wire. You can also utilize kitchen implements or other tools that have holes in them (just make sure to wash them thoroughly afterwards). Straws, when inserted into the bubble mix, can make lots of tiny bubbles.

Here are some bubble game ideas:

  • Bubble Tag -- each person playing chooses a bubble color and blows an abundance into the air. If a bubble of your color pops on someone else, they must join your team.

  • Bubble-Blowing Contest -- see who can blow the biggest bubble! Make sure the wands are of equal size to be fair.

  • Bubble Catching -- who can catch the most bubbles without popping them? Who can hold a bubble the longest without it exploding? Keep track and crown a winner!

Here's an idea for an activity you can do as a family -- garage saling!

 Resources:

http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/bubble_recipe.htm




Comments (12) -

Patricia Jenkins
Patricia Jenkins
2/15/2013 2:31:04 AM #

Thanks!!! Got to try these with my niece, AJ, who's just five years old. She's fond of playing with bubbles especially those with unique colorful combinations... Now I can make her own bubble play set by only using common household items. Cant wait to give her this Smile

Betty  Morgan
Betty Morgan
2/15/2013 2:39:26 AM #

Instead of using glycerin, I improvised a bit and used sugar. Its cheaper and could be found in everyone's kitchen. It's also much safer with no toxic effects compared if you're using glycerin in your bubbles. You need to supervise and remind kids not to aim for someone else's eyes and not tot ingest these substances. Happy Bubbling Laughing  

Sharon Butler
Sharon Butler
2/15/2013 2:43:31 AM #

Recently bought a large bubble set with the wand shaped as a sword for my kid. He really enjoys playing and sharing it with our neighbors. The big grin on his face while playing is irreplaceable and priceless!!!

 Michelle Simmons
Michelle Simmons
2/15/2013 2:45:58 AM #

DIs it okay if I use a cold water in making this? How much difference would it make? thanks

Riley Manners
Riley Manners
2/23/2013 10:55:12 AM #

After making this bubble recipes, you can engage into a bubble making contest. The kid who can make the largest bubble and sustain it for about three seconds will win a special prize. You can gather your neighbors, have a kiddie pool set-up in your backyard and host it there. The kid should find a partner to help them create the largest bubble so it's also a bonding time for their families.

Ollie Hepler
Ollie Hepler
2/23/2013 10:57:58 AM #

I prefer buying those pre packed bubble making guns with different cartoon characters as their handles. It's easier and will last longer than your homemade bubble set. The disadvantage is that your spending money and not having quality time with your kid. It could also be abused by your kid such that he/she won't stop using it even inside your house. You should set strict rules before letting them play with the bubble gun and teach them how to use them properly.

Clement  Hammel
Clement Hammel
2/23/2013 11:01:23 AM #

I'm not that sure if cold and hot water will make a difference in making your homemade bubbles. I've had little experience with homemade bubbles, I'll try it soon and rest assured, I'll tell you if it has effects on the finished bubbles.

Mildred Clover
Mildred Clover
2/23/2013 11:06:21 AM #

When my kids start playing with bubbles, there's nothing that can make them stop. They're so much attached that even when it's mealtime, they refuse to go to the table and eat, they continue their activity and only approach you when the mixture is already used up. One time, we had a dinner in this seaside restaurant and my daughter, Elise, was playing with bubbles the whole time. She cried because I tried to get the bubble gun away from her because it was time to eat. She only listens to my husband...

Selena Dunar
Selena Dunar
2/28/2013 12:18:42 AM #

This is cool. This is really cool. When I was young, I was really trying to figure out how I can make bubbles on my own just exactly like the ones my mom bought for me. Now that I'm 21, I'm still gonna try making this one and I'm planning to give it to my nieces and nephews.

Daisy Hopper
Daisy Hopper
2/28/2013 12:25:21 AM #

I'm gonna make one for my daughter =D. Whenever we go to malls, she keeps on bragging me to buy bubbles which is quite expensive for its kind. Now that I've read this article, why waste money when I can make much by spending less. Thanks  

Gladys Abbie Deiparaine
Gladys Abbie Deiparaine
3/3/2013 12:06:21 AM #

Is using sugar really as effective as using Glycerine or corn syrup? Because as far as I know Glycerine is a liquid substance and sugar is a kind of solute . Wouldn't the texture be changed if I used it because the consistency is different then when mixed with water.. I just wanna ask..

Betty Morgan
Betty Morgan
3/3/2013 12:42:43 AM #

to Gladys, Yes. I've replaced glycerine with sugar and it still worked. In fact it is much convenient since you can just find it at your home and you do not have to go elsewhere just to look for glycerine.

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