Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Creative Fun: Bubbles

Here was last week's creative fun activity: Bubbles! The recipe came from the Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions: More than 65 Wacky, Wild & Crazy Concoctions.

World's Best Bubbles
2 1/2 quarts of water

1/2 c. corn syrup

1 c. liquid dish detergent

Put water in large container and mix in corn syrup until well blended. Gently mix in dish detergent. Keeps for two weeks in an airtight container.
Use a variety of objects for bubbly fun!

My review: I made this in a large juice pitcher & it makes ALOT. I definitely would half the recipe. I wasn't TOO impressed with the bubble making abilities. With a name like "World's Best Bubbles", I was expecting some awesome, easily made bubbles. It didn't have the consistency that I thought would help make better bubbles; seemed like it should've been more viscous, if you know what I mean. We used several different objects for our bubble making: the paddle to my mixer, a small whisk, metal rings from mason jars, standard bubble wands, and some plastic cross-stitching canvas. I think it was a great science/learning experience, especially for the olders, to see what kind/size of bubbles each object made. The plastic canvas made what the kids called a "bubble hive" and they really enjoyed using that. My disappointment in the bubble quality aside, THE KIDS PLAIN LOVED IT. Seriously. They sat in the kitchen for well over an hour experimenting with making different bubbles. Even the 16 month old was enthralled. Medium mess level, but high enjoyment level!

Anyone ever make homemade bubbles?


Peaceful Chaoz said...

Sounds like fun!

And after your done you can mop your kitchen floor with any spills! ;0)

Stephanie said...

When I was little, my mom used to refill our empty bubble bottles with water and a good squirt of Joy dish soap.

I can't wait until warm weather gets here to stay so we can enjoy them blowing outside!

Andrea said...

Here's another good one for science. We did this a few months ago at a library program and to be honest, I've done it a couple of times by myself because I just think it's so darn cool.

Here's the link.

Unfortuneately you can't drink the milk afterwards because there's soap in it. But it is fun and could make for a great lesson on viscosity, or even just understanding that different foods are made up of different things like protein, lipids, etc. And those things do different things when they meet up with the enzymes in our body, just like the soap. Anyway, maybe more info than you wanted but I really liked this experiment. Even Joe thought it was pretty cool.

Rebecca said...

@Alicia: The same thought occurred to me :>) Great minds think alike!

@Andrea: It's so funny that you mention that experiment because we did the exact same thing just two weeks ago as a homeschool activity. It was related to our history lesson about George Washington getting inaugurated & the fireworks that happened then. The colored milk experiment was to make our own fireworks. Even Sienna had so much fun watching all the colors change!