Bubble blowing is one of those perfect activities to share with children of all ages, but have you ever tried creating giant bubbles, bubbles that are bigger than your face, your arm or even your body? We had so much fun creating these Giant Bubbles, & all we used were just 3 items from our kitchen!
The beautiful weather has given us the perfect opportunity to try out our new homemade wand & bubble mixture. So much excitement was had creating these giant bubbles, & it didn’t take long before all the family were involved in creating their own mega bubbles.
To construct our Bubble Wand we used:
2 garden canes
2 lengths of string (one roughly 120cm/47” & the other 140cm/55”)
We tied the shorter length of string near the top of each cane. To make the loop for the bubbles we tied the longer string to the shorter one, leaving a gap of around 7cm/3” from the sides of the cane. Top Tip: Don’t tie the longer string to the cane as the wand won’t work so well!
When you’ve tied the strings together your wand should look like the one below.
For our bubble mixture, we used just 3 ingredients from the kitchen; 125ml of washing up liquid (branded ones work best), 500ml of boiling water, & 2 tablespoons of glycerine, that’s it!
Gently & slowly pour the washing up liquid & glycerine into the hot water. We used a large jug & then slowly stirred the contents together, taking care not to make it too frothy.
Leave for a few hours to allow the mixture to settle. If you wish, the mixture can then be poured into bottles to store for later. Leaving the mixture longer means your bubbles will work better. The mixture will keep for days or even weeks in a clean airtight container.
To make our giant bubbles we dipped the string (all of it) into our container of bubble mixture making sure the string wasn’t tangled but was completely submerged in the liquid.
Then Minnie carefully removed the string by lifting both canes up & out of the container, gently pulling them slowly apart from each other causing the string to form a triangular shape (as in the photo below).
She then slowly moved backwards, holding the canes apart & pulling the string gently towards her to create the giant bubbles.
We discovered the slower you move with the canes, the more likely the bubbles are to grow & grow!
And even when you’re not making the giant bubbles yourself, they are amazing to watch!
And awesome to pop!
I love this photo of a giant bubble just as it bursts. Look at the movement of the liquid.
If you aim the homemade bubble wand upwards the bubbles will even float into the sky. Minnie created one which floated away & then separated into many smaller bubbles above the house which was magical to watch.
A giant bubble wand & homemade bubble mixture creates endless frugal fun that all the family can share together. It’s also a great way for children to explore movement, shape, liquids, & colours.