Summertime and bubbles- two things that are meant to be together. That's why I wanted to show you how to make giant bubbles– a perfect activity for your DIY summer camp at home!
I had been buying the one-gallon containers of bubble solution at Target, but after watching too many of them get tipped over on the driveway spilling the contents into the grass, I took a break from buying bubbles.
Then I saw a recipe on Pinterest for how to make giant bubbles- and we decided to give it a try!
How to Make Giant Bubbles- The Recipe!
After playing around with the recipe to make it work for us- this is what we recommend!
- 12 cups of purified water (you can also try distilled water if you can't find purified)
- 5 cups of dishwashing soap (if you can find unscented, clear soap- even better!)
- 1/2 cup Glycerin
- Each child will need two 18″ dowel rods
- Cotton string
- Duct tape (to attach the string to the dowels)
In a large bucket- dump in the 12 cups of water and then slowly add in the 5 cups of dishwashing soap. Try to not make bubbles at this stage. Once the soap is in, give the bucket a gentle stir.
Add in the 1/2 cup of Glycerin, and again, give the bucket a gentle stir so that that bubble mixture is thoroughly combined, but not full of bubbles!
Now it's time to cut the cotton string to length. How long should the string be? That depends on the height of the child!
We taped one end of the string to one of the dowel rods and had the child hold up the rod over his or her head, and then measured the string about 6″ from the ground. Then we doubled that length, cut the string, and attached the opposite end to the second dowl rod.
Then we cut a second length of string, about 2 feet short than the first length- and attached each end of that string to the dowel rods as well- using the duct tape.
How to Make the Giant Bubbles
You'll want to dip the ends of the dowel rods into the bubble solution, submerging the entire length of both strings. But be careful not to twist the strings because when you lift the rods up in the air- you'll want the longer string to be on the bottom and the shorter one at the top.
Pull the rods out and lift your arms in the air so the strings are in front of you.
Walk backward quickly so that air fills the space between the strings, which will blow up your giant bubbles!
It took the kids plenty of practice before they started mastering the technique- but once they did, they made giant bubbles for hours!
Here are some more great summer ideas for you:
Please check out my DIY Summer Camp page for lots of ideas on how to host your own kids summer camp at home!
- Free Family Summer Bucket List Printable
- Free Printable Summer Schedule
- 50 Fun Summer Activities, Crafts, and Field Trips (From Pre-K to Teens!)
- How to Build a Backyard Zipline!
- Make Your Own Lava Lamp
Do you think your kids would love to learn how to make giant bubbles?