by Lee Hill-Nelson
How big was the biggest bubble you ever made? Did you see a rainbow in it? How would you like to make some huge bubbles? Just follow this recipe, and you can.
You will need:
A large bowl or bucket
Joy® or Dawn® dishwashing soap
A spoon or stick for stirring
A wire coat hanger
- Pour five cups of water into a big round bowl or bucket.
- Stir in two tablespoons of glycerin and one-half cup of Joy or Dawn dishwashing soap. (These soaps have stabilizing agents and ethyl alcohol, which are needed for good bubbles.
- Let the bubble mixture set for about thirty minutes to help it thicken.
- While you wait, make a circle out of a wire coat hanger, leaving enough wire on one side for a handle. (You may need a grown-up to help.)
- Practice dipping the round part of the hanger in the bubble mixture. Then swing the hanger through the air. Practice moving it at different speeds to see what works best.
- You can also experiment with other types of bubble makers. For instance, dip the end of an empty wooden thread spool into the mixture and blow through it. Make sure to keep one end dry so that you don’t get the bubble mixture near your mouth. Or try dipping a comb or fly swatter into the soapy suds. Then sling your arm into the air. You will see hundreds of bubbles dancing away into the distance.
- If the sun is shining, watch for rainbows on your bubbles.
Invite your family and friends to join you in this fun activity. Happy bubble blowing!
© Lee Hill-Nelson
Lee Hill-Nelson lives in Waco, Texas.