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Summer Boredom Busters – Giant Bubbles!

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I’d seen a few different variations of “giant bubbles” on Pinterest over the last few months and since my kids LOVE bubbles I was really excited to try to make our own.  If your kids like bubbles, these are definitely worth a try.  I imagine they would be a hit for toddlers through elementary school age alike.

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The bubble mixture needs to sit out for at least an hour before you start so there is some prep required but it only takes a minute to whip it all together.  Also, whatever mixture goes unused doesn’t seem to work after that day so it just gets thrown away.

The mixtures uses ingredients that we already had on hand, including glycerine since I make most of our cleaning supplies from scratch.  If you don’t have it already, it can easily be purchased at some stores or on amazon.

 

For the bubbles, you need the following supplies:

  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 cup dish soap
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 T glycerine
  • 1T baking powder

For the wands, you need:

  • 2 flexible drinking straws
  • Long piece of string

Mix all the bubble ingredients together slowly (making as few bubbles as possible).  Let that sit for an hour.  Then put the two straws onto the string and tie together, making a big rectangle.

When the mixture is ready, submerge the entire wand in the mixture and slowly pull it out.  Then have fun trying to make the biggest bubbles you can!  We found that if M ran with the wand it made skinny, long bubbles but they popped almost immediately.  If she blew at the wand like traditional bubbles they made big bubbles that floated a little bit before popping.

After making these bubbles twice within a few days, M thought they were pretty cool and had a lot of fun making different kinds of bubbles.  J was less than impressed since they weren’t very pop-able.  He had more fun splashing around in the bubble mixture.  I thought they were fun although I’m always surprised by how messy bubbles get.  Luckily the messier the better for my kids!

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If you’ve missed any of our other Summer Boredom Busters, check them out below.  I also have some fun ideas coming in the weeks ahead so be sure to follow me by email or on Facebook so you don’t miss any!

Week 1: Easy Bird Feeders

Week 2: Water Play – Pretend Dish Washing

Week 3: Chalk Towns

Week 4: Ice Excavations

Week 5: Cotton Ball Painting

Week 6: Homemade Popsicles

Week 7: Giant Bubbles

Week 8: Water Play – Washing the Car

Week 9: Sun melted Crayons

Week 10: Obstacle Course

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