Bubbles are an inexpensive and creative way to spend some time having fun. Make up a batch of this bubbles solution and use these tips to explore the world of bubbles.
½ cup dish soap or baby shampoo
4-½ cup water
2 tbsp. corn syrup or glycerin (optional)
1 drop food coloring
Combine ingredients and pour into an unbreakable bottle. Stir well but do not shake. Experiment with the solution. For stronger bubbles, add the corn syrup or glycerin, or add more dish soap. Prepare your bubble solution two or three days in advance for the best bubbles.
- Bubble solution is messy and slippery! The best place to blow bubbles is outdoors. Near the kitchen sink or in the bathtub will work, too. Keep some towels handy and watch your step so you don’t fall on slippery spills.
- You can blow bubbles with lots of different items. Try plastic straws, strawberry baskets from the grocery store, spoons with holes in them, colanders, and loops of string. Anything that you can blow through will work. The plastic rings that hold a six-pack of cans together, empty milk containers, or old pieces of hose or plastic tubing will work too. You can even try just using your hands formed into a circle, if you don’t mind getting messy!
- Remember to blow gently. Blowing too hard will cause lots of small bubbles to form. Blow slowly to get a larger bubble. And make sure you are not holding the bubble wand too close to your mouth.
- Bubbles pop on dry surfaces. Make sure anything you use to make or catch your bubbles is wet first.
- Don’t stir your bubble solution with the wand. This will create foam, which keeps bubbles from forming.
- Avoid very sunny areas or windy days. Bubbles like cool and humid weather and form well right after sunset. Try blowing your bubbles right after a rainstorm, when the air is full of moisture. You will find that your bubbles last a long time.