My children love to blow bubbles. It doesn’t matter what time of year or what age they are, they just can’t say no to good ol’ bubbles.
I personally prefer bubbles in summertime since the soapy mess can just stay outside, but I’ll take it as a good indoor rainy activity (in the kitchen too).
The only problem with bubbles? Kids spill it. A lot. Especially younger children.
You’ve been there, right? You find those little containers of bubbles on sale and buy one for each child, thinking how much fun they’ll have on a nice sunny afternoon. You come home, hand them out, the kids go outside, and 5 minutes later, little Joey’s inside crying because he spilled his bubbles.
That part isn’t fun.
That, plus the fact that bubbles are expensive, is why I decided it was time we make our own homemade bubbles.
We tried out a couple different bubble recipes before we settled on our own version. This one is so simple – there’s no weird ingredients like glycerin; all you need is dish soap, corn syrup, and water. Easy and cheap. (It cost me about $3.50 to buy the soap and corn syrup.)
This homemade bubble recipe works really well. I didn’t expect it to be as good as the store bought bubbles, but I was pretty impressed with our results.
And besides, you really can’t beat the price ($3.50 to make 2-3 batches of homemade bubbles that each make a TON) or convenience of just making it at home. Plus it’s so easy to make, I can just give my 12 year old the ingredients and he can make it himself. Even Emily, my 8 year old, can do it.
Homemade Bubbles Recipe:
- 5 cups water
- 2.5 cups dish soap, like Dawn or Joy
- 3/4 cup corn syrup
- container for mixing / storing
- small plastic containers for individual bubbles
I bought a large plastic container at Walmart for $2.50 – it’s the perfect size for making and storing homemade bubble solution. But you can use an old pitcher or whatever you have around the house.
1) Measure out 3/4 cup of corn syrup…
…and pour into your container with 5 cups of water:
2. Stir well.
3. Measure 2 cups of dish soap…
…and pour into the corn syrup / water mixture.
4. Stir well. Don’t shake it or you’ll end up with tons of foamy bubbles.
That’s how you make homemade bubbles. See how simple?
You’ll also need small containers to pour the bubbles into for each child. You can use plastic rubbermaid container or whatever you have, or you can buy some. I found these plastic mason-jar look alike containers on clearance for $1 for 4.
How To Make Bubble Wands:
It’s just about as easy to make your own bubble wands as it is to make bubbles!
Use pencils or pens as the handle, then wrap pipe cleaners around for decoration and twist a design at the top for the wand part.
Kids can each make their own wands, though younger children will need help twisting it.
Note that larger wands make it more difficult to blow consistent bubbles.
Now your kids are all set to enjoy their homemade bubbles!
All four of my children loved these bubbles – from Luke (age 4) all the way to Nathan (age 12.) Of course there’s no guarantee that your tween will spend hours playing with bubbles but if their friends aren’t around, they might surprise you!
They would have played with their homemade bubbles all afternoon, except I had chores for them to do inside. (Such a mean mom!)
And I had such fun watching them play and taking photos. Sometimes it’s hard to get the kids to slow down for me to snap a decent photo, but today I got lots of gems. Except for Joshua – he was in a mood and refused to let me take a photo of him. Gotta love kids, right? But usually Josh is very photogenic so I let him be.
Emily had an idea to use her fingers as a wand too. It was messy but it worked well.
They blew some really big bubbles this way!
I thought it was a pretty creative way to do something different with bubbles!
How do you think your kids will enjoy their homemade bubbles?
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