Blowing bubbles is absolutely magical. What child (or grown-up for that matter) isn't captivated by the whimsical charm of different sized rainbow-tinted bubbles floating through the air. When my son was 3 years old, bubbles were one of the few things I could take to the park and it was guaranteed that he would join in the fun instead of running away (thus making me chase him all over the place -- argh!).
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Truthfully, a classic bottle of bubbles and a bubble wand are really all you need for fun, but since bubbles are such a fun way to spend time outside during the summer, mix it up a little with these delightful bubble activities for kids! There are giant bubbles, bubble snakes, bubble art and bubble activities for preschoolers!
You'll need to start with an easy homemade bubble solution. Here's how to make a good bubble solution:
Slowly stir 1 cup of dishwashing liquid (best not to use a "natural" kind) into 6 cups of hot water. Next stir in 1 TBSP of glycerin. You can use it immediately, but the bubble solution improves if you let it sit over night.
Next, use your homemade bubble solution for one of these fantastic bubble activities!
Homemade Bubble Blowing Tools
Make personalized homemade beaded bubble wands. We show you how to make them and they are great party favors or a birthday party craft activity.
Experiment by blowing bubbles through kitchen utensils! The Wonder Years shows you how it's done.
Learn how to make the most gorgeous rainbow bubble snakes at Housing a Forest
Giant Homemade Bubble Wand at Scientific American. And if a science magazine says it works, then it works!
Blowing Bubbles with a recycled water bottle at Projects for Preschoolers
These bubble play activities use dish soap instead of bubble solution.
Toddler bubbles sensory fun with toy cars. This activity is always a HUGE hit with toddlers, preschooler and even older kids sometimes!
Make bubble foam for more sensory play. Busy Toddler gives you the recipe.
Did you know your kids can turn those bubbles they love to blow into fantastic art worthing of framing? Try these ideas!
Chasing Colorful Bubbles Art at Childhood Beckons
Blown bubble painting from Nurture Store.
Popped bubble art from Broogly.
For more fantastic summer fun activities check out these ideas:
MaryAnne K says
Great round-up! I need to remember to try your frozen bubbles this winter!
Raising a Happy Child says
Neat list! The unpoppable bubble looks intriguing (except the prep required).