Learn how to make the best bubbles solution and bubble wands in this easy kids activity. Mix up a few simple ingredients and your kids can be blowing homemade bubbles that don’t pop in minutes.
How to Make Bubble Solution
- Pour 2 cups of water into your mixing bowl then whisk in the granulated sugar until it’s totally dissolved. Gently mix in the dish soap until it’s well combined.
- Pour the mixture into the labeled jars (it should make about 3 jelly jars of bubbles solution).
- Shape your pipe cleaners into the shape of a bubble wand or reuse old bubble wands to blow big bubbles. Stir gently before each use.
Tips and Tricks for Making Homemade Bubbles
Tip #1: Make Pipe Cleaner Wands
If you don’t have any bubble wands to reuse, you can make your own with pipe cleaners. Just have your kids shape them into wands and blow. Make sure your kids know that all bubbles will come out round – even if they make hearts, square or other shapes with their pipe cleaners!
Tip #2: How to Make Your Bubble Solution Last Longer
We use sugar in our homemade bubbles so they last longer. It helps slow the process of evaporation so your bubbles won’t dry out. That way if your kids don’t go through bubbles fast, they won’t dry out so quick. This bubbles recipe should keep for about a month as long as you keep the lids tightly sealed on mason jars.
Tip #3: How to Make Bubbles That Don’t Pop
If you have some on hand, glycerin will help make stronger bubbles. The glycerin combines with the soap to make a thicker solution, and therefore thicker bubbles. Kids really love bubbles that don’t pop easily and this mixture works great.
Tip #4: DIY vs Dollar Store Bubbles
If you’re thinking dollar store bubbles are a better deal than making homemade bubbles, think again. Our experience is that dollar store bubbles make terrible bubbles compared to our homemade bubble solution.
Tip #5: Natural Dishwashing Liquid vs Conventional
We typically have natural dishwashing liquid in our home, and find that this recipe works great using it. You can make this recipe with all types of dishwashing soaps – each brand may result in a different strength of bubble.
Tip #6: Why Using Warm Water is Important
It’s important to use warm water rather than cold when making DIY bubbles. It helps the dishwashing liquid to fully dissolve into the bubble solution.
Tip #7: Experiment with Colored Bubbles
You can add a little food coloring (3-5 drops per jar) to your bubble mixture. If you add a different color to each jar, kids can see the difference in the different colors when they blow bubbles. It’s a fun activity for bored kids or your homeschool science curriculum.