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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Bouncing Bubbles

This entire week my son has asked to play with bubbles after dinner.  The sun is lower, the weather is cool at that time, and there has been a nice breeze.  We have spent up to an hour making large bubbles and running around popping them.  I will always remember an experience I had with my Pre-K students years ago.  I found some unpoppable bubbles back then and we played with them in the classroom.  I remember their little fingers and heads being covered in bubbles.  The children LOVED them and I have always wanted to give that same experience to my son.  They still sell these bubbles, but they come in a TINY tube and they didn't work as well as I remember.  So.........in my quest to create some interesting bubble fun, I found a BOUNCY BUBBLE recipe (at Steve Spangler).  My son and I made it last night because it has to "age" for 24 hours.  I have to admit, it was a huge bust with him - LOL.  He had absolutely NO interest in it.  It was so cool, however, that I wanted to share it with all of you (so I lured in my other child....er....um....I mean, husband).  ;)

- AK (MESE, MECD)


Thing you need:
  • 1 C distilled drinking water
  • 1 Tablespoon dish soap
  • 1 Teaspoon of glycerin (I ordered mine online)
  • straw (this is just what I chose to blow the bubbles with, Im assuming you can use a typical bubble wand)
  • 1 clean glove (or sock) - (this is to keep the bubble from popping)

MIX ALL INGREDIENTS TOGETHER AND LET SIT FOR 24 HOURS



 You can catch the bubbles

video
BUBBLE BOUNCING IN ACTION


44 comments:

  1. This is awesome! I can't waint to try this with my boys!

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  2. you have the BEST ideas!!! I just got "glow sticks" for balloons and bath time fun!!

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  3. Thanks this is great! My mixture is now sitting for 24 hours! I'm thinking I do some strange projects with the kids because I already had glycerin on hand, LOL!

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  4. Oh and I meant to throw in for your readers that you can get glycerin at craft stores that sell cake decorating supplies.

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  5. Very cool! Vegetable glycerine is also available at most health food stores, and sometimes at stores like Whole Foods Market. (It's used in a wide range of homemade health and beauty projects.

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  6. How neat! My kids like the unpoppable bubbles that you can buy, but making them myself sounds much better to me. Thanks! Tina @ Babycakes Blog http://www.thejohnslife.com/BabycakesBlog/

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  7. Walgreens also sells glycerin near the peroxide

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    1. Went to my Walgreen's to get some, and the poor young man took me the aisle with glycerin suppositories?!! :-! Decided not to get those. Finally found mine at Hobby Lobby. :-)

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    2. If you melt them down, the suppositories might work.

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  8. THis is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  9. Just a quick question, is this more of an outdoor activity to play with? I didn't know if they would make indoor floors slick like regular bubbles. :)

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  10. Also, when you say mix all ingredients, does this include the sock? --like it needs to be soaked in the stuff in order for them not to break when they touch it?

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  11. Does the water have to be distilled? I make it spooky never to buy water.

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    1. Oh, auto correct! a point never to, not spooky!

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    2. I don't wanna pop any bubbles but you pay for the water that comes out of your sink too : )

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    3. Not if you have well water. And if you have a wind turbine or solar panels you don't pay for the electricity to run your well pump either :)

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  12. What breaks bubbles is when they come in contact with something that disrupts their surface tension--ie a dry hand. It's why you can blow a bubble and then "catch it" on a bubble wand-the wand is wet. I would think if your child had a wet had to catch bubbles with then you wouldn't need the glove. (?)

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  13. glycerin is also available in most stores in the first aid section, near rubbing alcohol.

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  14. Walmart is one of those stores that sells glycerin in the first aid section.

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  15. My local CVS has glycerin in the cosmetics section. On the bottle it says it's a "skin protectant."

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  16. Hi - Does the water have to be distilled? Thanks!

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  17. An excellent way to keep a husband entertained. Who needs tv?

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  18. What age group would you recommend this for?

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  19. I made these for my kids the other day after seeing this on Pinterest, but the bubbles are popping just like normal bubbles, regardless of the sock/glove. They still are nice bubbles (and less sticky than the corn syrup bubbles I made them recently). I made a double batch, but I don't know if that's why it's not working, or what. Regardless, there are so many great activities here that my daughter and my ASD son will have so much fun with - so glad I found you at the beginning of summer - we're going to have a blast!

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  20. you can also get glycerin at the local pharmacy. look in the suppository section, they should come in little bullet sized tabs in a small plastic bottle or container. you can melt them down one at a time as you need them and they store forever!

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  21. I love this recipe!

    I worked in an after school program with elementary school children when I was in high school. This was one of their FAVORITE activities and they got so excited when we brought it in.

    To make larger bubbles take a straw and tie some yarn through it to make a large circle. Dip it in the solution and then wave it to make big bubbles. You can also use two straws if you prefer a stiffer string.

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  22. My dad said that not long before we were around, that's how all "bubbles" were made. It was just that making them without glycerine was cheaper, so they stopped using it.

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  23. Glycerin is great for making your own snow globes too!

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  24. saw these thought umight wanna give em a try jello bubbles that dont pop
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=cf3dKn-gyh0

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  25. I think it would be cool to cut open a glow stick and mix it in... Glow in the dark unpoppable bubbles would be awesome.

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  26. also be cool to put a glow stick liquid in it & use them at night..

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  27. I love this idea! And it appears I am late to the party, but better late than never, right?

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  28. My bubbles ate very heavy and kind of drop the moment they leave the straw, I am not expecting them to flit about like regular bubbles but are there any recommendations to how I can get these little guys to launch a bit further? I would like to bring this game to my church Kiddos but I am picturing being rushed by 7-10 toddlers and them clamboring over eachother to get to them.

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    1. Hi, I was wondering if these work in the rain? We live near Seattle, and never have steady weather lol And are these okay for inside or way too messy? Thanks!

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    2. I imagine they would pop in the rain. We played with ours inside.

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    3. I think because they are meant to bounce, the solution is heavier. Im not sure they will float around like typical bubbles.

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