Here are some additional ideas to create connection with your child through play with bubbles:
Concoct Your Own Super Bubbles
This recipe creates super strong bubbles, great for making giant bubbles!
- 1 package unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup just-boiled water
- 1 1/2 to 2 ounces glycerin (available in the skin care aisle or at health food stores)
- 8 1/2 ounces Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
Stir the gelatin into the hot water until it’s dissolved. Mix in the glycerin and shampoo, gently stirring. The solution will gel as it cools. Add food coloring for even more fun.
Create Bubble Art
This project is messy, so you may want to do it outside.
- Bowls for bubble solution
- Bubble solution
- Tempera paints in multiple colors
- Paper for your art
Set out one bowl for each color of paint you will use. Pour one cup of solution into each bowl, then add a teaspoon of tempera paint to each. Stir. Have your child select a color and blow a bubble toward you.
Your job is to “catch” the bubble, so it pops on the paper. The bursting bubble creates a unique splatter. Layer colors to make cool patterns. Switch roles and have fun seeing what designs you can create.
Make Your Own Bubble Wands
It’s fun to be creative together, testing different materials to see what kinds of bubbles they make. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Wire hangers– Use pliers to stretch the hanger into a circle or oval. Be sure to cover any sharp edges with duct tape to prevent scrapes. For better bubbles, wrap the wand in cotton string or pipe cleaners, which will absorb liquid and allow you to blow bigger bubbles.
Six-pack holders and produce baskets – Shapes like these make for amazing compound bubbles because they have multiple holes.
Fingers – Make an “OK” sign with your hand and dunk your finger-thumb circle into the solution. Blow through your hand wand.
Use your imagination – Look around the house for plastic items with holes that you can try!