How to make the best Bubble Solution
I’m not a fan of sweeping statements, but it feels safe to say almost everyone loves bubbles, from tiny babies to grandparents and even (secretly) the coolest of teenagers. The little store-bought pots with wands are great fun, but it’s even better to have bubbles of any size, whenever you want them. Our basic bubble recipe is quick and easy to make, and allows children to experiment with all kinds of creative bubble-blowing materials.
MAKE THE BUBBLE SOLUTION
300 ml water
4 tbsp washing up liquid (I like this one)
1 tbsp glycerin
You can buy glycerin from the baking section of most large supermarkets. It makes bubbles stronger and more long-lasting.
Measure all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl.
Stir together with a metal spoon or whisk, so they’re thoroughly mixed. Don’t stir too quickly or vigorously – you’re aiming for a smooth, well-combined mixture not a bowl full of froth.
Pour the bubble mixture into a jar or container with a lid so you can store it between uses. (To save arguments and the risk of spilled mixture, I usually split mine into separate jars and label them, so each kiddo has their own supply. Mum tricks for the win.)
FIND A BUBBLE WAND
To use the bubble mixture, you obviously need a wand. You can either recycle one from an old bubbles container, or – highly recommended – get creative and source your own. Just about anything with a hole or holes will do the trick. Send your children off on a mission to see what they can find from around the house, or start with one of the ideas below.
- A fly-swat
- A colander
- A slotted spoon
- A whisk
- An apple corer
- Scissor handles
- A needle threader
- Small cookie cutters
- A tennis or badminton racquet
- Plastic rings or bracelets
DO IT YOURSELF
If you can’t find anything suitable, or want to try making your own wands, there are a couple of ways to do this. First of all, if you have pipe-cleaners or chenille sticks on hand, they can easily be twisted into a wand shape with a loop at the end. They also offer you the option to experiment with different sizes. Try using just half a stick for tiny bubbles, or twisting a few together to make really big ones. You can also decorate the ends of the wand with chunky wooden or plastic beads, to make them prettier and more sturdy.
You can alternatively cut a wand shape from thin plastic. Take a clean, empty plastic container – something like a margarine tub or the lid of a large yoghurt pot – and draw the wand outline onto it in marker pen. Click here for a basic template, which you can use for inspiration or to trace around. Cut out the shape using sharp scissors; younger children will definitely need help with this part. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you might want to decorate the finished wand with marker pens before using it.
Whatever kind of wand you’re using, dip it into the bubble mixture, carefully lift it out and then blow gently through the hole. If you’re using a large wand, like a colander, you’ll need to pour the bubble mixture into a container that’s big enough for the wand to fit inside – a washing-up bowl or small bucket is perfect.
For rainbow-bright bubbles, try adding a few drops of food colouring to the mixture. Make sure you only use these bubbles outside, as there’s a risk the colouring will stain walls and furniture indoors.