If you’re a parent, you know how difficult it can be to entertain your kids! Kind of like when you buy them a present, and they don’t even look at the toy you spent an hour deciding on, they just play with the box! Then, that box ends up in the trash… Well, this is one little gift for your kiddos that is practically free and is sure to entertain over and over.
One day when we were visiting Balboa Park, and I saw this man making massive bubbles. The kids (including mine) were going nuts over it. Kade probably could have chased those huge bubbles around for hours. I thought, I could totally make that myself! So I scoped out how he made his bubble wand and looked into ways to create a massive bubble potion.
It’s simple, and most of these items you likely already have in your home.
Here are the things you will need for your bubble liquid:
14 cups warm water
1 1/2 cup corn starch
1 tablespoon Glycerin (you can find it linked here, or at a hobby/craft type store)
1 1/4 cup dish soap
2 tablespoons baking powder
Mix 6 cups of water and cornstarch together until fully dissolved.
Add remaining 6 cups of water and baking powder, mix together.
Add soap and glycerin to the mixture and slowly stir, as to not create foamy bubbles by stirring too fast.
Let solution cool and stir slowly to fully mix prior to use.
I watched the Balboa Park bubble man, and he had a fairly simple setup for his bubble wand. It was two sticks, with two pieces of string. So, make the wand, use any two similar sticks or dowels you may have at home (I found these in my garage, they aren’t fancy. Sorry). You can buy round dowels at craft stores, Walmart, home depot… Cut two pieces of thin rope. I made one about 3 feet long, and the other about 5 feet. Attach the shorter of the two to the top of the poles, and the longer just directly beneath it. So when you stretch out the poles they look like this. Also, adding a little weight to the bottom helps a lot! I used a large washer.
The trick to making the bubbles work is- make sure all of the rope is submerged in the liquid. Slowly pull the poles out, but keep them touching together until they are completely out. Then, slowly pull apart and begin moving back slowly.
To make the bubble detach from the wand, bring the two poles back to touching again.
It may seem silly to have to explain this…but, this took us forever to figure out!! Once we got the technique down, we had luck!! We were serious about figuring this bubble situation out!
How can you go wrong with huge bubbles? Mom and Dad of the year, right?? Too fun. Do this for a birthday party, a little Saturday at the park, whatever. Also, this solution can be reused and stored in the refrigerator. I hear it actually makes bigger bubbles when it’s cold.
Have fun with your kiddos!!