5 Fun Bubble Activities for Kids
Fun Bubble Games for Kids
Blowing bubbles has always been an inexpensive and fun outdoor activity for kids. Whether you buy a store brand bubble solution or make a homemade batch, there are so many different ways to make blowing bubbles even more enjoyable for your children.
This article will show you several different recipes to make homemade bubbles including colored and scented solutions, a variety of household items to use for bubble wands, fun ideas for bubble contests, how to put your kid in a large bubble, and how to create bubble art. So what are you waiting for? Read further to discover these 5 fun activities to share with your kids.
Bubble Solution Supplies
Alternative Ways to Make Homemade Bubbles
You may also use these substitutes to make homemade bubble solution.
- Use 2 tablespoons of glycerin in place of the Karo syrup.
- Use food coloring or washable paint in place of the Kool-Aid to create colored bubbles.
- Use scented oils or baking extracts in place of the Kool-Aid to make scented bubbles.
Homemade Bubble Recipes
Making homemade bubble solution is super easy and only takes a few ingredients. Get the bubble fun started by letting your children help create the below kid-friendly bubble recipes.
For our homemade bubble solution, we mixed together:
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tablespoons of Karo syrup
- 4 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid
For our homemade colored and scented bubble solution, we mixed together the above ingredients in 3 separate containers. We then added a different package/flavor of Kool-Aid to each container to achieve our desired colors - red, blue, and yellow. If needed, add more dishwashing liquid to strengthen the consistency of the bubbles.
With any kind of bubble recipe, it is always important to test out the solution to avoid any unwanted stains. It is also a good idea to wear a set of old clothes when playing with bubbles so not to ruin your child's clothing.
Homemade Bubble Wands
Items to Use as Bubble Wands
The next fun activity is to have your kids gather up as many household items as possible that can be used for blowing bubbles. These items don't have to be limited to those plain bubble wands that you get out of a store bought bottle.
Get creative and have the kids roam around the house to find kitchen utensils such as cookie cutters or a potato masher. Buy a package of pipe cleaners and have them make different shapes to blow bubbles with. All these different types of household items gives bubble play a whole new level of excitement for little ones. Refer to the table for even more creative ideas for homemade bubble wands.
Longest Bubble Contest
After making your homemade bubble solutions and gathering all the different kinds of bubble wands, you can start the bubble play with the third activity - bubble contests. This idea is a great way to get the whole family involved in the bubble fun. Here are a few contest ideas:
- Who can make the longest bubble?
- Who can make the largest bubble?
- Who can make the smallest bubble?
- Who can blow the most bubbles in one breath?
If you have several participants and want to give your competitions an Olympic feel, you could hold an awards ceremony after the bubble contests to award homemade medals or ribbons to the first, second, and third place winners of each category.
How to Put Your Kid in a Bubble
Kid in a Bubble
For another fun outdoor activity, try surrounding your child in a bubble. You will need a large container to hold the bubble solution such as a kiddie pool or empty sandbox. Make sure your container is large enough for a hula hoop to fit inside. Below you will find the step-by-step directions for putting your kid in a bubble.
Add 1/4 of a bottle of Karo Syrup (approximately 4 oz) into the large container.
Add a 14 oz bottle of dishwashing liquid on top of the Karo syrup.
Add approximately 2 inches of water to the bottom of the container and mix the ingredients together.
Set the hula hoop down in the solution and have your child crouch down in the middle of the hoop.
Slowly lift up the hula hoop and watch in amazement as the bubble surrounds your child.
How to Make Bubble ArtClick thumbnail to view full-size
Our fifth and final activity for kids is creating beautiful masterpieces from bubble art. Using the colored and scented solution, let your children show their inner artist by blowing colored bubbles onto sheets of paper. You can place the paper on an easel or simply lay the sheets on a sidewalk or driveway. Our boys used several different kinds and sizes of bubble wands for this project to make both large and small bubbles on their sheets of paper.
While creating this art project, we learned that our yellow colored bubbles, which was made with lemonade Kool-Aid, did not show up on the white paper. If you run into this problem, try adding a few drops of food coloring to the bubble mixture for a more vibrant color.
Bubble Activity Poll
Which fun activity will you try first?
Fun Summer Activities for Kids
All of the above bubble activities are great ways to keep the kids entertained this summer. To continue the fun, encourage your children to come up with more ideas on how to have fun with bubbles. Have them make up a new color or scent of bubble solution. See if they can make up their own game that includes the use of bubbles. With a little imagination and creativity, there is no limit on how much fun playing with bubbles can be.
I hope you have found some fun bubble activities to share with your children this summer. If you have any questions or comments about any of the projects described above or if you have any additional fun ideas to share, feel free to add these in the comment section below.