Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere!

Our summer fun is going strong. We are checking things off our list, and big bubbles is on it. My boys and I, along with some friends had a blast making huge, colorful bubbles. Wednesday was the last day party fun with Evan and Landon. I have been doing pre-k with Landon this summer. We've really enjoyed them coming over twice a week. Oh, and I cannot wait to have a bubble day with my pre-schoolers! They are going to love it too.

I was inspired to make these bubble wands, and I had to try it out. The first time it did not work for me. Cameron was the first to get it going!




Watch out, here it comes...I figured it out.



This is so much fun and a must try activity.





Wanna know how? Sure you do!


Homemade Bubble Solution

You will need: distilled water, glycerin, and Non-Ultra/Classic Dawn Original Scent. (I used Joy and it worked fine!)

Step 1: Into your Mixing bucket add 6 cups of Distilled Water.

Step 2: Stirring SLOWLY so as not to make lather, add in 2 cups of Non-Ultra/Classic Dawn Original Scent (or Ultra Dish detergent if necessary).

Step 3: Stir in 5-6 drops of Glycerin (double the amount if using Ultra detergent).

Here is another recipe link with great tips.

Bubble Wand



* 2 dowels (we cut some 48" in half...so 24 " dowels worked for us.)
*1 metal washer
*cotton string ( aka butcher's twine)
*2 eye hooks (make sure the cord/string will fit through)

Tip: The first string we tried were thin. It worked, but I felt like I was fishing with my boys. You know, like getting the fishing line untangled from the tree or from a rock. It tangled up a lot. The next day we tried the thicker string and it worked great...no problems.


How to make the wand:
First, take the dowels and screw one eye hook into each of the wooden dowels.
Second, cut your string. One will be 35 inches long, and the second string will be 70 inches long. We wanted big bubbles, but you wouldn't have to have the string that long. Just double what you cut the top string to be.

Third, put the metal washer on the longest string.
Next, tie both strings through the eye hook. Tie the shortest string on top and the longest underneath.

Finally, dip the string into the solution. Keep the dowels together and bring it out of the solution. Now, slowly open it up and walk backwards.

If at first you don't succeed, try again. It's worth it.



You are set! Go make some BIG bubbles!

26 comments:

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Oh wow, that looks like so much fun! Those are some huge bubbles!! :) You are obviously enjoying your summer!!

Kara said...

Wow, I am sure that was a lot of work, but I haven't ever seen anything like it! That is so awesome!

He & Me + 3 said...

Wowzers is right. OMGosh those are some big bubbles. My kids would love those wands. Amazing!

shortmama said...

That is awesome!!

Alexia said...

That looks like WAY too much fun! The boys love bubbles so this would be the perfect activity for them!

Kim said...

HOW FUN!! I will definately have to try it!

Miller Racing Family said...

Now that looks like a blast. Bubble fun is on our list as well, so I will have to make these big wands. I love the photos. The bubbles look like they are going to eat the kids.
Now have I missed something are you teaching preschool next year?

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Oh my goodness! I saw some guys with those in Central Park. Ella was transfixed - she loved them! I am going to try that. So cool!!! Love ya!

XOXO
Jen

Beth in NC said...

Wow. Those are awesome! My daughter would love this!!!

Becca said...

That looks so awesome!!! Thanks for sharing how to make these!

~Becca

Shauna_Rae said...

LOVE it! Your pictures are so fun of the bubbles. I don't know why but there is just something magical about bubbles!

Roger and LeAnn said...

Wow, those are incredible pictures of the the bubbles. You could proably win a photo contest with those. It was an awesome activity. Thanks for sharing! Leann

♥ Shrinking Kenz ♥ said...

Ohhhh WOOOOOOW! That looks like SO MUCH FUN! :) I'd love to try this!!

Barb said...

I can't wait to try this with my grandkids! I have never seen such huge bubbles!! Thank you so much for the recipe and instructions!

Hugs,
Barb

C.R.A.F.T. said...

just wanted to let you know I am featuring you today :) great idea!

Mrs. Jones said...

Thanks for the wand tutorial! It was soooo much fun. I linked back to you in my blog post. :-)

~Heather

LDH said...

Thank you so much for this great summer time project! I did it with visiting grandchildren and it was a blast! I came by your place from Tatertots and Jello and wanted to say I also posted our bubble making experience here: http://gratefulprayerthankfulheart.blogspot.com/2010/08/giant-bubbles.html

I have enjoyed stopping by your sweet blog here :)

Kindly, ldh

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Marjo said...

Thank You for the tutorial! We tryed it with my kids and it was fabulous!!! Huge, dragon-like bubbles, lots of fun and georgeous pictures :D
I used regular tab water and it worked just fine. (But I don't know, if Scandinavian tab water is different from yours.) Thank you so much!

kirstikoo said...

What a fantastic project! I featured you in my BEST Summer activities post-- http://kirstikoo.blogspot.com/2011/06/best-summertime-activities-printables.html
Come by and say hi! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

betsey at b.bar said...

Those big bubbles look so fantastic! I can't wait to try it out myself. I featured this project on my blog today, and I hope you can check it out! Thank you for sharing this great summer idea.

Betsey at b.bar
www.bybbar.blogspot.com

AMitchell said...

We are going to try this Sunday! I am so looking forward to it!

Bonnie said...

Rhonda, we made these bubble wands and had a great time! Thanks for the great tutorial!

http://theboatwrightfamily.blogspot.com/2011/07/bubble-wands.html

jengd said...

I just tried the bubbles and wand. I used a mix of Ajax and Dawn (didn't have enough Dawn) and ended up going to about 17 drops of glycerin. Wonderful results! Thank you!