How To Make Your Own Bubble Blowing Mixture

Children outdoors blowing bubbles.

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Overview
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Skill Level: Kid-friendly

Blowing bubbles is a fantastic game for young children. Children love to play with bubbles and can often go through a whole tube in one game, which can get a little costly. But, there's no reason for you to pay for what is essentially soapy water. With this easy recipe, you can make your own bubble mixture whenever you want.

This is an easy project that takes only 15 minutes. You can even give the kids a bit of a science lesson by teaching them how to weigh out the solutions themselves. Then they can make bubbles whenever they want and you can relax. 

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • 1 Large cup
  • 1 Spoon
  • Bubble wands
  • 1 Container with lid (optional)

Materials

  • 1/2 cup Dish soap
  • 1 1/2 cups Water
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar

Instructions

  1. Pour 1/2 cup of dish soap into a large cup.

  2. Add 1 1/2 cups of water to the dish soap in the cup.

  3. Measure 2 teaspoons of sugar and add it to the water/soap mixture.

  4. Gently stir your mixture.

  5. Go outside and have fun blowing bubbles. If you don't use it all, you can pour it into a tightly sealed container.

Tips

  • Don't shake or stir your bubbles too much.
  • Experiment with blowing bubbles using different items!
  • You can recycle an old bubble jar by refilling it with your homemade bubble mix.

Playing With Bubbles

The simple act of blowing bubbles is enough fun on its own for most children. You can vary the experience—and make it educational—by switching up what is used for bubble wands. Have kids compare the bubbles' shapes, sizes and longevities by the bubble wand used. Anything that forms a plastic hole, like the top of a soda bottle or a plastic six-pack ring, can be used to blow bubbles, as long as it can get wet. Paper and cardboard products don't usually make for good bubble wands.

Looking for a fun bubble game to play? Here are two popular options:

  • The most popular game with bubble has got to be the old bubble blowing competition. Seeing who can blow the largest bubble is always fun. You can also see who can blow the most bubbles at once or see whose bubble lasts the longest before popping. 
  • A simple, more active bubble game is to have a bubble race. First, have the children stand in a race line. Choose a finishing point. Have each child blow a bubble and then try to blow that bubble over the finish line. The first child whose bubble goes over the line wins. Try not to make the finishing line to far away as bubbles are pretty unstable and you don't want an unbeatable game. Take the children's ages into account when deciding the distance of the finishing line.