Make homemade giant bubbles with a few common kitchen ingredients…
I originally published this post last June, but SPRING has SPRUNG, and it’s time to re-visit some of our all-time favourite backyard play posts! These homemade giant bubbles are definitely tops on our list!
Homemade giant bubbles have been on our to-do list for a while, but we were waiting for the perfect weather conditions: a day that is humid and overcast, with very little wind is ideal. The air was pretty thick and humid here yesterday so I whipped up a some Giant Bubble Mix in the morning, and we tried it this afternoon.
I have to admit, I was not altogether convinced that this recipe would work. The ingredients seemed strange, the cornstarch didn’t completely dissolve into the solution, and when I dipped my hand in, to kind of test what it felt like, it just didn’t feel like it would be slick and slippery enough to produce bubbles of any kind.
How wrong was I?
It was FANTASTIC!
I got my inspiration for this activity from Design Dazzle, but I’ve tweaked the recipe a little because I didn’t have the ummm… interesting ”secret ingredient”. Pop over to see Design Dazzle’s Giant Bubble Kit with printables. It would be the perfect gift for a summer birthday.
Ready to make some giant bubble mix for yourself? Here’s what I did:
Recipe for Homemade Giant Bubble Mix:
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- 6 cups water (distilled is best but tap water is fine)
- 1/2 cup blue Dawn dish detergent
*I used the ultra concentrated, but NON ultra (original) is supposed to work even better.
- 1/2 cup corn starch (corn flour in the UK)
- 1 tbsp baking powder (not baking soda)
- 1 tbsp Glycerine
(in place of design dazzle’s secret ingredient)
Dissolve the cornstarch in the water, stirring really well. Then gently stir in the remaining ingredients. Avoid creating a lot of froth. Allow your mixture to sit for at least an hour, stirring occasionally if you see the cornstarch settling to the bottom. Some of ours continued to settle even while we played with it, but it was fine.
The more you play with it, the better it gets!
The first several bubbles popped immediately, and I was feeling deflated, but the more we played with the mixture, the silkier it got, and within a few minutes, we were creating HUGE bubbles. Some would lift off, and float way above the houses and out of sight. It was crazy-cool! We found our groove – arms high and walking backwards worked best for us.
Make a wand for your homemade giant bubbles:
I used two drinking straws, and a length of yarn that was 6 to 8 times longer than the length of one straw. Thread the yarn through the straws, tie a knot, and you’re good to go!
This homemade giant bubble mix really does make the biggest bubbles ever. It was a fabulous activity, and great for all ages; my son and I had just as much fun with it as the little ones did.