Last year we visited Nuremberg, a city in Bavaria, Germany. The main kid attractions like zoo and the train museum were fun, but the highlight of every day was a stroll through the cobbled streets of Old Town, and not simply because our hotel was right there within the historical city walls. The Old Town has a lot to offer: ambiguous allure of the historical buildings, the market square bursting with fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers, international outside cafes, little knick-knack shops, and of course the great churches St. Laurenz and St. Sebaldus.
Every day we would stand in front of St. Sebaldus church looking at a street performer making giant bubbles. For a small fee he would let children take his wand and try their hand at making giant bubbles. When I was helping my kids I realized that his wand was just a knitting yarn threaded through two drinking straws for handles. We had to do it! So as soon as we got back to Chicago we made a bucket of homemade bubbles, a couple of wands and got to work. Here is a tip: you want to be the coolest kid in your neighborhood bring the bubble solution and wands to your local park, all the kids would want to be friends with you. Even months later those neighborhood kids will meet you on the street and exclaim, “do you still make giant bubbles? Those were so COOL!”
I’m offering your three Bubble Solutions. In my opinion, all three work about the same. I do have a slight inkling toward corn syrup solution as it produces the most colorful bubbles, but the difference isn't really that great, so make your choice based on what ingredients you have handy.
Homemade Bubble Solution
Bubble Solution #1
Years ago I came across this recipe in a Family Fun or some other parenting magazine. This one is my number one go to bubble solution because I always have glycerine that I buy to make my homemade beauty products. We have a bubble machine that goes through a few gallons of bubble solution during one party, so I always make loads of this solution when we celebrate birthdays.
Bubble Solution #2
I have just recently learned about adding corn syrup to soap to make bubbles from my friend Steph over at Signing with Miss Steph. This solution makes bubbles that are very colorful, but you wouldn't believe how sticky everything will be. Definitely don't try it near your home as the bees, wasps and ants will be visiting for days! Take the party to the park. And never try it inside the house! You will be cleaning for days.
Bubble Solution #3
I found this recipe at happyhooligans.ca. This is the most labor intensive. The bubbles will be slightly larger than with the other two. Try it, if you like experimenting.
This is the wand that makes those unbelievably huge bubbles. You can use the whole straw or cut it in half. The size of straws doesn't really matter. I made my biggest bubbles with straws cut in half. Straws are handles, so whatever feels better in your hands will work better for you. I would definitely recommend smaller size for kids as their wrists get tired faster with bigger size.
This wand will make big bubbles, but not the giant ones. However, this wand will probably be your kids' favorite. If I give my kids a bucket of bubbles and this wand, they will keep going with it easily for an hour. Another advantage of this wand is that it has a long handle so hands don't have to come in contact with the solution. No clean up! When we take bubble solution on picnics this is the only wand I grab with us.
With all three solutions practice makes perfect. The first few bubbles may pop frustratingly fast or don't come out at all. But you will quickly develop a kind of feel down in your wrists that will tell you how much solution you need on your string and how fast you need to move to make the bubbles come out and when to flick the string to set the bubbles flying. Even my youngest two who are 4 and 2 year old learned how to make the bubbles with the string, so it can be done.
Submerge the wand into solution. Pull it out. Bounce it up and down, side to side, or walk backwards pulling the contraption in front of you. If all fails just blow bubbles like my 2-year old. They still will be bigger than the regular ones.
Have you ever tried making giant bubbles?
What is your favorite bubble solution?
I would love to hear from you!