At the Craft Table with Rae Grant: Forever Blowing Bubbles

The following is a post written by author and Crafts Contributor Rae Grant of My Little Hen.  This post originally appeared June 2010.

Some people say that kids will only be inventive if they are allowed to experience boredom. Although it was soap maker Andrew Pears who popularized bubble blowing in the late 1800’s, I have no doubt that it was probably a child who came up with the idea of making homemade bubbles one hot summer day in July.

Perfect Boredom Buster

With summer coming as fast as it can, so is the need to have a few activities for your kids to do when they have some down time. Making bubbles is one of the more simple and fanciful ways to spend a warm sunny afternoon. They work well on a grassy lawn, outside on the steps, under the  shade of a tree, and even in the kitchen.

When it comes to kids, bubbles have everything going for them; they fascinate, they float, have rainbow colors, and require some skill to blow a good bubble. They can be treated as a scientific experiment or as a past time. Best of all, they are inexpensive to make.

Bubbles are, indeed, the perfect boredom buster for a summer day.

Alone or with a group of friends, they are sure to entertain. Parents, don’t underestimate the power of a little liquid soap to occupy your kids.

Photo by SteveFE

Invite Experimenting

Let the kids experiment. Making and experimenting with the homemade bubble solution is fun for young scientists, but it’s also appealing to the inventors too.

Try collecting an array of bubble blowers made from everyday household items such as a funnel, a straw, or rubber band. Don’t forget to save and reuse bubble wands too.

You can even make bubble art using a paper cone. Add tints of food coloring to the solution and blow the bubbles directly on a sheet of paper onto paper to make bubble art.

Homemade Bubble Solution

It is very simple to make your own bubble solution.

1. Gather small and large plastic or steel funnels, drinking straws, rubber bands ( thick and thin)

2. Mix together in a bowl or metal baking pan:

1 cup warm water

½ cup dishwashing soap

1 teaspoon light corn syrup (optional)

3. Combine ingredients in a bowl, or metal baking pan and stir well.

To begin, dip the open end of the funnel, paper cone, or drinking straw into the soapy solution and blow lightly through the non-soapy end. The corn syrup helps to create a sturdy BIG bubble.

Once the kids have mastered the art of bubble blowing have a contest to see who can make the largest bubble. Serve with a glass of cold homemade lemonade and you’ll have an almost perfect event.

Look for Rae’s new book, Homemade Fun: 101 Crafts and Activities to Do with Kids to be released June 8, 2010 and come back here tomorrow for a chance to win your very own copy!

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  1. So fun, Rae! Will look forward to trying this out in the backyard soon.
    .-= Simple Homeschool – Jamie´s last blog ..Planning Prompts for Interest-Led Learning =-.

  2. A funnel for blowing bubbles? What fun 🙂 We’re going to try that and I think look around and see what other homemade bubble blowers we can come up with – thanks for the inspiration!

    It makes sense that corn syrup would lend a little more “heft” to homemade bubbles – I’m eager to give your recipe a try 🙂

    Happy bubble blowing!

  3. Thank you for this! My boys are new bubble fanatics and I was looking for a way to keep us in bubble solution for the whole summer!

    Love these photos too, now I’m wondering what I can capture with my camera when my kids are playing!
    .-= Aimee @ Simple Bites´s last blog ..Frozen Bites Part 1: Simple Treats to Beat the Heat =-.

  4. Thank you for a recipe that doesn’t include glycerin! I don’t like hunting for it, and I wouldn’t have known what to use instead.

  5. Bubbles are so much fun – even my dog loves them. I own a Sheltie, one of the ultimate herding dogs. Not only is it fun for them to herd their families but they also love to herd the lawnmower, the swingset, and yes, even the bubbles.
    .-= Tina @ Ride On Toys´s last blog ..The Razor Rip Rider 360 – The Ultimate Souped Up Big Wheels =-.

  6. Addictive in a frustrating sort of way
    If I still had a full head of hair I wouldn’t so much mind that I an pulling my hair out to complete some of these levels. Many levels are a breeze, but some are tough. A great time waster, even if you just have a minute in an elevator our something.
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  7. That’s what I like with children. They know how to enjoy almost than anything. It’s only us that get bored easily. If only I could learn from them …….. 🙁
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  8. My GIRLS loved the making bubbles project. They especially liked being able to add ingredients to see what would happen to their bubbles. They were a sticky mess but they loved every minute of exploring, playing and learning with bubbles. Here’s more of what we did.


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