Ok I admit it. I love blowing bubbles with small people. Probably even more than they do. The squelch of the bubble mix. The swish of the bubble wand. The magic when bubbles appear. Watching those rainbow spheres floating. Chasing after the bubbles. The wet pop when the bubbles break. What’s not to love?
Bubbles are for all ages. Babies blow them. Children love them. Adults remember loving them as a child. They’re even recommended as an activity for people with Alzheimers. Maybe bubble memories last when others fade.
Besides being immense fun, there is a whole list of developmental skills being worked on when children are blowing bubbles.
The Science of Bubbles
Bubbles are air trapped inside a hollow liquid ball. The rainbows visible in bubbles come from light reflecting on the surface of the bubble. Bubbles float up because warm air is lighter than cold. If the air blown into the bubble is warmer than the air around it, the bubble will float up.
But enough of that – let’s get started!
1. The Best Bubble Mix Recipes ever!
There are a lot of claims for the best bubble mix recipe ever
- There are scientific recipes from QUESTACON and SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
- There’s the VERY enthusiastic howtodudes youtube recipe
- There’s even a recipe for bubbles that don’t pop (believe that if you will)!!!!!
- Or how about the recipe bubble photographer Tom Falconer shared with Goli Mohammadi in her MAKE article
TIP: Some recipes recommend leaving the mix to set for at least a day.
Here’s what you’ll need…
2. Bubble Wands
You can buy them…
You can make them…
Or maybe you’ll be needing a GIANT bubble wand…
Finally, head outside for…
3. Bubble Games
Spread out some paper on grass/concrete/tarpaulin. Use a teaspoon of tempera paint in the bubbles and try to catch the bubble so it pops on the paper.
Get 2-3 children to blow bubbles upwards. Then get the others to lightly blow the bubbles. They should fly in all directions. The aim of the game is to see how long the bubbles can stay in the air. Swap bubble blowers when all bubbles have popped
Blow bubbles. Use different body parts to pop them. Try your nose, elbow, knee or forehead, for starters.
So there you go – Bubble Magic – easy as 1 – 2 – 3