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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Homemade Bubble Solution

Here is a post that I wrote today for my kindergarten class and thought some of you might like it as well.

This time of year is so much fun. The weather's warm and sunny. Just calling you to go outside and play with your children.

What could possibly be a better time to make bubbles. Big bubbles, small bubbles round bubbles... Wait a minute. Can bubbles be a shape other than a sphere? That is the question I have posed to the class.

I have asked each child to make and bring in a bubble wand by this Thursday.

Now, I have been asked... Mrs. Sanders, how do you make a bubble wand?

Well, honestly, I am not entirely sure but I know that the Internet is bound to have an answer.

Boy, did I hit the jackpot!

If you want to venture out and have a bubble festival at your home, you will need the bubble solution.

photo from flicker

Here are a few I found around the web:

Exploratorium Bubble Formula from the Exploratorium web site
2/3 cup Joy dish washing soap
1 gallon water
2 to 3 tablespoons of glycerin (available in pharmacies or chemical supply houses)

Cyndi's Bubble Recipes from the Nathan's Wish web site
1/2 cup of dish washing liquid (Dawn or Joy)
2 cups of water
2 teaspoons of sugar
Cyndi suggests adding a dab of food coloring for colorful bubbles.

Mix the solution and place in a shallow pan (or refill your old bubble containers).

NOTE: More recipes and fun with bubbles are available at the website link above.

Homemade Bubbles from Kids Domain Craft Exchange
1/2 (500 ml) cup dish washing detergent
4-1/2 (4.5 liter) cup water
4 tablespoons (60 ml) glycerin (available in pharmacies or chemical supply houses)

Measure out the water, detergent, and glycerin into container with a cover and stir gently. The longer you let the mixture set, the larger the bubbles are and the longer they seem to last.

National Wildlife Federation Bubble Recipe from NWF Backyard Buddies
1/4 cup liquid dish washing detergent
3/4 cup cold water
5 drops of glycerin (available in pharmacies or chemical supply houses)

Marcia's Formula from the Exploratorium web site
1 cup Ultra Ivory Blue
12 cups water 3/4 tablespoon glycerin (available in pharmacies or chemical supply houses)

Marcia says: "Gently stir the ingredients together and leave the solution in an open container overnight. We believe that this gives the alcohol on the dish washing soap a chance to evaporate some. In any case, the solution seems to get better with age.

If you substitute some other soap for Dawn, you will have to experiment with the rest of the formula... but that's the fun of science!"

Ann Hallock's Recipe from the web site
Ann says: "This recipe is a winner. It's easy to mix up--and inexpensive to boot.

Stir together 6 parts water, 2 parts Joy dishwashing liquid (this brand works the best), and 3/4 part corn syrup.

Store in a covered container.

Have your kids try experimenting with a variety of homemade bubble wands: pipe cleaners bent into interesting shapes, cookie cutters, yogurt lids with the centers cut out, and so on.

For a giant bubblemaker, cut off the top and bottom of a large metal can with a can opener and hammer the inside edges until they are smooth (a parent's job).

Dip either end in the solution and wave through the air."

Bubble Town Quick Start Recipe from the Bubble Town web site
If you want to get started blowing bubbles immediately, just mix up a bubble solution using liquid dish washing detergent. 1 part detergent and 15 parts water. About one cup of water is all you will need to get started.

NOTE: Much more detailed information is available at the website link above.

Big Bubble Magic's Basic Secret Formula from the Big Bubble Magic web site
1 part ultra-Joy brand or
1-1/2 parts "cooked" Dawn brand
8 parts pure water (we used distilled)
1/4 part or less light corn syrup or glycerin

NOTE: Much more detailed information about varying the formula to work best in different conditions is available at the website link above.

Majic's Big Bubble Recipe from the Jamico web site
fills a gallon milk jug with:
11 cups Water
4 cups Ajax dish soap (anti-bacterial works best)
1 cup corn syrup

Check out all the wonderful sites on how to make homemade bubble wands.
You can be a simplistic or as intricate as you choose. The choice is up to you.

tooter 4 kids
how to make a giant bubble wand 
create kids at home
how to make homemade bubble wands
fancy bubble wands 
straw bubble wands 
pipe cleaner bubble wands 
straw and string bubble wand with dr. jean 
make bubble wands with martha stewart

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