Friday 2 May 2014

How to make your own huge, GIANT Bubbles!

Huge, enormous, massive, gigantic, humongous, GIANT homemade bubbles. Here's a great activity which will make your children very happy this weekend. Any weekend and all summer, in fact, so I hope you'll think of me every time you're laughing along with them.
giant homemade bubble mix
Giant homemade bubbles! 
I can't take the credit for this recipe myself; I came across the idea on the fabulous Happy Hooligans blog written by Jackie. Please do check her blog out after you've made the bubbles, or right now if it happens to be raining where you are. She has so many different and easy craft and activity ideas listed over there that I'm going to be working my way through them for some time to come! 

The video clip below shows what great fun we had with this in our own garden, although the mixture could presumably be transported in a container to your local park to entertain the masses:

See what I mean?! Amazing! We had such fun with these that I can't wait to do it again. 

You'll need the following ingredients:

6 cups water
1/2 cup cornflour
1/2 cup washing up liquid
1 tbsp glycerin
1 tbsp baking powder

Add the cornflour to the water, stirring well to try and dissolve it. Next add in all the other ingredients and stir gently - you want to avoid making the bubbles and froth which sits on top as this actually hinders the bubble making. 

After making this up it's important to leave the mixture to settle for at least an hour, which to be honest is the most difficult part. 

In the meantime you can make the bubble 'wand' by using two straws, and some wool, or string, or shoelace (we used wool so not sure how the other materials work) which is about 6 times the length of one straw. Post it through the straws (definitely an adult job although not as tricky as I thought it would be) and knot it well. 

Then comes the fun. The first few times we tried dipping it didn't seem to work as bubbles popped too easily but don't give up, your patience will definitely be rewarded. When you get into 'the flow', the bubbles also flow! 

The best technique is to be slow and sure - dip then gently lift, back away and raise your arms slowly, and move backwards to get the bubble going. Then just keep going!
We had to wait for the wind to drop every time before we pulled the wand out, which means this activity is best done in fairly still or sheltered conditions rather than when it's windy. Apparently it's not so good in blazing sunshine either but that's not something we have a lot of problems with over here in the UK... 

It's even good fun when the bubbles pop, especially in slow mo - couldn't resist another clip:

So what are you waiting for?! Go try it, now! I'd love it if you can link back or show me any pictures of all your fun. Once you've made this mixture, you can extend the fun by making your very own bubble snake maker - instructions can be found over at Mum in the Madhouse!

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