With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Giant Bubbles

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Giant Bubbles

As Jill and Brad's visit is nearing an end, I had one last activity I wanted to do with the kids before they head back to up-state NY. Bubbles are always such fun, so when I saw these GIANT bubbles I knew I had to give them a try!
Ryan caught on quickly and was making some pretty impressive bubbles in no time.
.Shae was delighted to make such big bubbles all by herself!
I found the instructions at a great blog called Tatertots and Jello who tweaked the instructions from a blog called Down Memory Lane.
Purified water, a clear dish detergent and glycerin are all that is needed for the bubble solution.  I had a really hard time finding liquid glycerin.  The two crafts stores in our area (AC Moore and Michael's) do not carry it.  They suggested a pharmacy but none of our pharmacies carried the kind we needed.  I finally found it at Whole Foods.

I followed the recipe from Tatertots and Jello but added more water as the liquid was a bit too heavy.  Apparently humidity has a lot to do with good bubble making and since it is so humid here in August, thinner was better.

Here is what I used to make the
Bubble Solution

1 Gallon Purified Water (original recipe called for 12 cups)
5 cups Unscented and uncolored Dish-washing Soap ( I used Palmolive)
1/2 cup Glycerin (I found mine at Whole Foods in the Body Department)

  1. Pour the water into a bucket. I used a clean plastic container.
  2. Pour the dish-washing soap into the water. Then mix it gentle with a wooden spoon.
  3. Pour the glycerin in. Mix gently again. You don't want ANY bubbles.
Making the wands with Raiders help!

We made the wand exactly as described on Tatertots and Jello
Making the Wands
2 Wooden Dowels ( we used 24" dowels that we had in the garage)
2 Eye screws
4 Washers
Cotton String (we used kitchen twine) (Tatertots and Jello started out with 20 pound weight butchers string but found that it was too thick, so ended up using 3 pound weight string she found at Home Depot)

  1. Drill a hole in the end of the dowel.
  2. Screw the Eye Hook into the hole you just drilled until it is secure.
  3. Cut a 100 inch piece of cotton string. And another piece of string that is 70 inches. (you can make the string as long or short as you like -- as long as one string is longer than the other -- we wanted our bubbles BIG)
  4. Put the four washers through the 100 inch string.
  5. Put the ends of both pieces of string through one of the eye hooks and tie a knot. Do the same thing on the other eye hook. Now you should have a long string and a shorter one that runs from one dowel to the other.
Now for the Fun part:
Making Giant Bubbles
  1. Take your bucket outside.
  2. Put the end of the dowels in the bucket and the string should be submerged. 
  3. Bring the ends of the dowels up from the bubble solution, together until about chest high.
  4. Then separate the dowels by pulling them outward so the string makes a triangle -- pointing down. The washers will weigh the center of the bottom string down.
  5. Step backward quickly so that the air goes through the bubble solution between the dowels and makes a bubble. 

We had to give it a few tries before getting the hang of making the bubbles but as you can see, even little Shae was able to master it.

Thank you so much Tatertots and Down Memory Lane for your posting these great tutorials!
Linking to Design Dazzle Summer Camp Link Party


Leslie said...

my mom just gave the kids giant bubble wands last night so i can now see what fun we have in store!!! looks like you guys had a awesome time

Susan said...

Wow, LDH. I tell you, those grandchildren will ALWAYS remember visits to Grandma and Grandpa's house! Great shots, too. Looks like you all had a blast. You both went to so much trouble, too, to make those wands and bubble solution. You are both super grandparents! Have fun during the last lingering moments of the visit. Sincerely, Susan

Mary said...

What an incredible activity for the kids. Shae's face tells the whole story :-). I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Snap said...

Oh, wow! I want to play, too. I love bubbles!!!!!

Flourchild said...

How fu! Im sure they enjoyed all those big bubbles!!

NanaDiana said...

Thank you for the wonderful instructions. I am soooo going to do this with my grandkids before summer ends. I'll post some pics on my blog- Diana

Mildred said...

Those are BIG bubbles. I love to see Raider right in the middle of making the wands - so cute!

Buttercup said...

This looks like so much fun! What great pictures and what great memories.

Julie Harward said...

AWESOME...I loved them too! I wonder if you could use the sticks that open and close blinds? :D

Ann said...

Those are some very impressive bubbles. Your grandchildren sure have some wonderful memories to carry home with them.

LDH said...

Julie, using the sticks that come with blinds would work perfectly! You're so creative and resourceful :)

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

Oh! You did it. I am so anxious to get these sticks and be ready to go when my little ones visit. Your pictures are so much fun and it's great to have your tutorial and perspective too. I'm so glad all of you had such a fabulous vacation together. Thanks LDH.

crochet lady said...

Wow those are some SUPER big bubbles! Your grandkids are so blessed to have such fun grandparents.

The Urban Cowboy said...

That looks awesome! I can't wait to have grand kids so I can do fun stuff with them.

Kathleen said...

I have to try that next weekend with my 4 little gkids! I always liked bubbles myself!
Wonderful memories created there!
I have to go back to see where to get the glycerin.

Daisy said...

I ADORE those first 4 pics - omgosh - sooooo cute!!!

Joy said...

I love the shot of the little one with the sunglasses... boy, is she having fun!

Walking on Sunshine said...

Looks like so much fun! Sharing this on my Walking on Sunshine FB page today! Not the recipe, just the link! :)

Marsha Baker said...

WOWZERS! Can't wait to give the instructions for making the 'wand' to my hubby so I can do this with the grandkids. WHAT FUN!!


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