The only thing better than being a kid blowing bubbles outside is watching your grandchildren blow their own. As an added delight, they’re homemade and can be brought inside.
So what if the warm weather is just about gone for most of us? We can give summer fun one last hurrah.
Do you have birthdays coming up? Substitute bubbles for balloons.
Especially when you are dealing with young children as balloon can be extreamly dangerous. Babies who bite balloons risk choking. But babies who bite bubbles — giggle.
Best Homemade Bubble Solution
1 cup water
2 tablespoons light karo syrup or 2 tablespoons glycerin
4 tablespoons dishwashing liquid
Mix together and have fun!
Homemade Colored Bubbles
1 cup granulated soap or soap powder
1 quart warm water
Liquid food coloring
Small juice cans
Dissolve soap in warm water. Stir in food coloring until desired color is attained. Give each child a can about 1/3 full of mix and a plastic straw to blow the bubbles.
Fancy Homemade Bubbles
1 cup water
2 tablespoons liquid detergent
1 tablespoon glycerin
1 teaspoon sugar
Mix all ingredients together until sugar dissolves.
Do you have bigger kids that want a bigger bubble?
Chemistry is the key to blowing a giant bubble that won’t pop, says Ann Marie Helmenstine Ph.D
“If you’re tired of bubbles that pop as soon as you blow them, try this recipe for unbreakable bubbles! Now, it’s still possible to break these bubbles, but they are much stronger than regular soap bubbles. Examples of bubbles that truly won’t pop include plastic bubbles, which are essentially small balloons. This recipe makes bubbles using a sugar polymer to accomplish much the same result.”
Unbreakable Bubble Recipe
3 cups water
1 cup liquid dishwashing detergent (Joy is a good choice)
1/2 cup white corn syrup
Simply stir the ingredients together to make the bubble solution. You can use dark corn syrup just as easily as white corn syrup, but the solution will be colored. Also, you can add food coloring or glow paint to color the bubbles.
“If you break open a yellow highlighter and allow the ink to soak into the water, the resulting bubble solution and bubbles will glow under a black light. Another option is to use tonic water in place of regular water. The tonic water bubbles will glow pale blue under a black light.”
Helmenstine warns that her bubbles are sticky. However, they clean up fine with warm water. If you are planning to play with them indoors, then you might want to consider using the basement, kitchen or even the bathroom. A room with carpet isn’t the best choice, or one where your bubble will land on your upholstery. The good news is, they do wash out of clothing.
Don’t forget the camera! Don’t miss getting that picture with the bubble popping as the toddler grabs it. That’s worth more than the trouble to make it.