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Fun with Bubbles

Uploaded: Apr 9, 2016
A few weeks ago I made bubble solution with our kids. The hardest part was finding glycerin at the pharmacy. After that, it was easy enough that my preschooler could do most of the work.

Like little scientists, our kids had a lot of fun measuring the ingredients and trying out different recipes to see which works best. More glycerin, more dish soap, or even just letting the solution sit for a day or a week. Right now our favorite solution makes lots of bubbles all stuck together. In the future maybe we'll do a better job of accurately measuring and writing down what we did so we can make the better bubble solutions again and again.

While it might save some time and money to just buy a big jug of bubble solution, I wanted to do more than blow bubbles. I wanted to give our kids an opportunity to be creative and experiment a bit.

We had a lot of bubble solution afterwards so we used some of it to blow bubbles with straws. And used some of the extra dish soap to make a fun foam.

We've made a big mess, but when the mess is mainly dish soap, it feels a little less chaotic. And once all is cleaned up, I'm hoping the extra dish soap will make my kitchen table, floor and counter extra clean.
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Posted by LJ, a resident of another community,
on Apr 12, 2016 at 9:45 am

Great experimentIng! With our bubble pipes in the 1950's, it was always "lots of bubbles stuck together." Just saw a classic bubble pipe on eBay for $15. Times have definitely changed. Thanks for the post, Cheryl!


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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Apr 12, 2016 at 12:11 pm

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

Thanks LJ!


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Posted by menlo mom, a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights,
on Apr 12, 2016 at 2:04 pm

When my kids were little, the local toy store sold giant bubble wands. Picture a butterfly net with out the net. With the right finesse it makes huge bubbles. The kids loved it! I highly recommend if you can find or order one.


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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Apr 12, 2016 at 5:11 pm

Cheryl Bac is a registered user.

Menlo mom - Thanks for sharing! Yes, it's definitely on my list of things to order for summer. I remember making huge bubbles as a kid. A great way to spend an afternoon.


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