Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bubble Playtime Guide & Recipes

Since Andrea isn't yet a follower on here, it won't spoil the quick Christmas gift if I post this- I have a laundry softener container I'm going to turn into a bubble refill station and I made up a guide for ideas, hints and recipes for bubble playtime. I printed it on nice looking paper,and I'm laminating it so it will survive the first contact with the actual playtime.  I thought it would be nice to throw the guide up here to share with others since I'm very busy not sleeping :)

Idea: Since this is Wyoming, and the weather can be all...WYOMING for so much of the year, adapt outdoor play activities to indoors (garage for the messy types) to extend the play season.

Baby pool + water + ball pit style balls + bubbles = chaos & fun. Host the coolest play date ever?

Drinking straws bound with tape - make your own bubble wands to get lots of smaller bubbles
Pipe cleaners and wire hangars can be easily bent into larger hoops for big bubble wands... or even funny shaped wands. Kitchen utensils & colanders can also make great wands in a pinch.


Super Giant Bubbles Recipe
  • 12 cups water (tap water works just fine for this one)
  • 1 cup dish soap
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 TBSP baking powder (NOT baking SODA)
Stir gently until well-mixed and let sit for 1 hour before making bubbles.
The recipe is cloudy at first but gets clear after a day or so. Stir occasionally to help dissolve the cornstarch. If you want your bubbles to have more staying power, add the SECRET INGREDIENT… a tube of personal lubricant. Mix one tube (3 oz.) of personal lubricant with 1 cup of very warm water – mix well. After it cooled I added the water/lubricant to the above recipe. The lubricant was purchased at the dollar store.

Easier Lasting Bubbles Recipe6 cups water
2 cups dishwashing liquid
¾ cup corn syrup
mix well

Bubble Town Quick Start Formula1 part dishwashing liquid
15 parts water
Gymboree Style Bouncing Bubbles Recipe
  • 1 C distilled drinking water- no minerals in the water is key
  • 1 Tablespoon dish soap
  • 1 Teaspoon of glycerin (you can usually find it at Natural Grocery stores)
  • straw or bubble wand
  • 1 clean glove (or sock) - (this is to keep the bubble from popping)

1. Humidity is your friend when making giant bubbles. Check a weather site for your local humidity levels and what time has the highest humidity. In my area, morning and evening have high humidity.
2. Extremely hot days and insects are not good for giant bubbles.
3. Do not get dirt, bugs, etc in your bubble solution. Dirty bubble solution will not work.
4. A gentle breeze is helpful. Sometimes you need to move slowly when making giant bubbles.
5. The personal lubricant is VERY IMPORTANT when making giant bubbles.
6. The cornstarch doesn’t completely dissolve in the solution. This is not a problem.You can still make bubbles with the cornstarch at the bottom of the solution. I occasionally stir.

1 comment:

  1. When my stash of bubbles is gone...hee hee! Watch me use this! Not like I don't have most of this stuff already in my house!