bubble activities

Bubble Fun and Learning #24: Giant Bubbles

Have you ever noticed that very simple items can create really awesome fun and learning? Giant bubbles use basic kitchen ingredients and are amazing!

giant-bubbles-1This bubble recipe is adapted from PBS Parents Really Big Bubble Maker. Here’s what we used and mixed together:

6 cups of water
1 Tablespoon of glycerine
1/3 to 1/2 cup of dishwashing liquid soap

Many recipes recommend blue Dawn and advise letting the solution sit overnight. Which we did. Once we had the jug outside, we poured the soapy water into a wide shallow dish,

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To make the bubble wand, use 2 straws for the sides. Some sites show huge long strings. Ours was about 32″. Thread the string through 2 straws and tie the ends together. Now, spread the strings apart like a window and slide the knot into one of the strings. The straws need some sort of handle. Two juice straws worked to slide into the larger straws. The handles make it much easier to dip in and out of the soapy water. We also made another set with more string but it was trickier.

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Not all our efforts made big, giant bubbles but some did and it was exciting. Dipping the straw and string wand made a shimmering window and only a very soft breath made it bulge and grow. The bubbles weren’t round, they were all sorts of lumpy, irregular shapes. They seemed to wave through the air.

giant bubble fun

Although there were doing the same activity, the kids played in very different ways. Both kids were able to blow a few giant bubbles. Too strong and the shimmery window popped. Big Sister was able to blow lightly but Little Sister just kept blowing even if there was no soapy film. She liked playing in the solution though. With the glycerine in it, it felt quite slippery. She liked to rub it between her fingers and on her hands and mostly just swished her straw loop in a pan. Being younger, the sensory aspect was more interesting while for Big Sister, the product was important.

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One recipe, lots of ways to play. How does your child play?

Bubble Fun and Learning #23: Bubble Sock Snake

Never again be sad about a sock that gets lost in the wash. It just means you have another one to make a bubble sock snake. These are really very cool!

To make a bubble sock snake, first cut the bottom end off a plastic water bottle. Big hands need to do that part. Stretch a sock over the end, pushing the bottle all the way into the toe. It will look like a drum.

bubble sock snake

Squirt some soap onto a shallow dish and add a little water. It’s perfectly fine to use fingers to mix these, but Little Sister didn’t want to get hers all yucky. This was news because she has no difficulty putting her hand into paint and making hand prints of every color. She wanted a spoon instead.

bubble sock snake

Once done, kids dip the bubble sock into the soapy water. This is why a low dish is better than a tall, thin one, so kids don’t immerse the whole bubble sock. It’s easier to hold onto a dry sock than a dripping wet one.

bubble sock snake

Now for the fun. Lightly blow into the bottle and watch a soap snake appear. There was a wind here in the afternoon so Little Sister’s snake bent. Big Sister could hardly wait to try and her’s got so long it did go down. The wind took off a chunk at the end and it floated away like a miniature white cloud. While we can’t see the wind, we could easily see which way it was blowing from the way the bubbles moved.

bubble sock snake

We talked how these bubbles were different from the kind the kids usually blow. The bubble sock snake makes only small bubbles but lots and lots of them. The bubbles are both different and the same. They look like the soap suds in the sink. Comparing is an important thinking skill and we did that with bubbles.

bubble sock snake

What fun and learning might bubble up in your child’s day?

Bubble Activities #22: Bubble Wrap Math Patterns

Since we had out both the paints and the bubble wrap, we did some more painting and using different colors created bubble wrap math patterns.


bubble wrap math patterns

Using 2 scrap blocks of wood about the size of Duplo blocks, I covered these with bubble wrap and stuck a push pin in to hold it together. Little Sister chose her two favorite colors, red and blue. The reason she did is because red and blue mix together to make purple which is the almost the only color she will wear currently. That could all change, but for the moment, purple scores. Dipping one block in red, and then another in blue, she created a simple pattern.

Information can quickly cause overload on our brain circuits, so the brain uses the strategy of patterning to deal with it. In his article, How Learning Patterns Lead to Brighter Children, Matt Powers says, “Out of all mental skills, pattern recognition is said to have the highest correlation to intelligence.” This is understandable because being able to find and make patterns helps to make sense out of information and to use it.

bubble wrap math patterns

Younger children will start with simple patterns, like red/blue, red/blue. As they figure out how how to use this repetition, they will make more complex patterns, such as red/blue/green, red/blue/green. Homes have patterns in tiles. Clothes have repitition in colors and shapes> Nature has extraordinary ones in trees, leaves, coloration, water, rocks, and more.

After doing a few red/blue, red/blue bubble wrap math patterns with the blocks, Little Sister couldn’t resist any more. Using the reason that her finger needed to tell her what color to use next, she dipped one finger into the paint and made a dot on the paper. Of course, that wasn’t quite enough so 3 fingers made the next dot. The rest of her hand must have been feeling left out, so instead of bubbles, there is a blue hand print. Although she dipped it in red for the pattern, it came out purple. Surprise, surprise.

bubble wrap math patterns

This bubble wrap math patterns activity is definitely hands on, would you agree?

Bubble Play and Learn #21: Bubble Art Activity

Bubble packaging is not just fun to pop. Along with a few other recycled items, it can be used to create some amazing bubble art for a play-of-the-day. If you’ve ever done any wall painting, you’ve likely used a paint roller. You can make one for kids by rolling bubble wrap around a cardboard tube. … Continue reading Bubble Play and Learn #21: Bubble Art Activity

Bubble Fun and Learning #20: Dandelion Bubbles

On a walk today, we saw some dandelions near the sidewalk. We picked a few because they were just what we needed for making dandelion bubbles. Recently, we saw this video on a FB post from I Heart Crafty Things.  Rachel and her 3 kids share all kinds of activities on the blog I Heart Crafty … Continue reading Bubble Fun and Learning #20: Dandelion Bubbles

Bubble Fun and Learning #19: Alphabet Bubbles

After a busy weekend camping, Little Sister seemed played out. With colored felts, she had some quiet fun doing alphabet bubbles. When it comes to kids being ready for school, many parents and caregivers ask, “Does my child need to know the alphabet before kindergarten?” The answer isn’t a straightforward yes or no. Having some … Continue reading Bubble Fun and Learning #19: Alphabet Bubbles

Bubble Activities #18: Bubbles Help Kids Make Friends

When camping, make sure to take for kids sidewalk chalk and bubble solution. This weekend, we experienced how chalk and bubbles help kids make friends. For most families, there isn’t much room to take toys along when going camping. Hopefully, there won’t be much time to use them anyway. After all, the idea is to … Continue reading Bubble Activities #18: Bubbles Help Kids Make Friends

Bubble Fun and Learning # 17: Bubble Wrap Stomp

We can give kids the most costly toys for presents, and they still end up playing with the box and wrapping. Here’s a new dance—the bubble wrap stomp. A parcel came to our house with bubble wrap. And what’s the most fun? Popping all those bubbles of course. Little Sister spend a good chunk of the … Continue reading Bubble Fun and Learning # 17: Bubble Wrap Stomp

Bubble Activity #16: Counting Bubbles Math Fun

With Big Sister going to school, Little Sister has been showing more interest in paper and pencil activities. She had fun counting bubbles with this simple activity.   Counting bubbles outside is almost impossible. Sometimes, instead of one single bubble floating away gently, several really small ones appear and disappear before they can be counted. … Continue reading Bubble Activity #16: Counting Bubbles Math Fun

Bubble Fun and Learning #15: Apple Bubble Science Activity

Although not as dramatic as Newton’s apple, this apple bubble science activity is sure fun! Kids like to play with food. After experimenting, they can eat. This activity is from Carla’s Bubble Science with Apples post at Preschool Powol Packets. I’ve seen a few other bubble activities using apples, but this is the only one … Continue reading Bubble Fun and Learning #15: Apple Bubble Science Activity