Bubble Fun


Play bubble games, make bubble art, learn about the science of bubbles, and have even more bubblicious fun.

What You Need

  • White corn syrup (such as Karo)
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Food coloring
  • Quart milk carton and other bubble tools (see below for ideas)
  • Distilled water

What You Do

  1. Make Bubble Brew
    Bubble mix improves after sitting so make it the day before you go out to play. Make enough for many activities. Gently stir together:

    • 1 part dishwashing liquid (Dawn® works best.)
    • 10 parts distilled water
    • ¼ part white corn syrup (such as Karo®)

    string ingredients

  2. Try Different Bubble Tools
    A wire coat-hanger, straws, and plastic rings that hold a six-pack of soda all make good bubble blowing tools. Even your hands, thumb and forefingers joined together, dipped in the mixture can make huge bubbles.

    6 pack ring

  3. Can you make square bubbles?
    Cut off the ends of a quart milk carton to make a square wand, or make a square wand from a hanger. Ask your child what shape its bubble will be. Dip one end into the mix and gently blow through the other. Watch her surprise as a round bubble emerges from this square device. Explain that bubbles are always round. They naturally pull into the shape with the smallest surface area—a sphere.

    blow coat

  4. Make Bubble Art
    Pour bubble mix into several cups, adding a few drops of different food coloring to each. Blow a rainbow of bubbles into the air and have your child “catch” them on a white piece of paper and watch them pop.

    bubbles on face

  5. Play Bubble Games
    • Hop and Pop: Blow as many bubbles as you can in the air and have your child jump around to break as many as possible before they hit the ground.
    • Blow, Baby, Blow: Tell your child to take a deep breath and gently blow through a straw, starting on the surface of a dish of bubble mix and pulling the straw up as he or she blows. Explain that the longer he blows, the bigger the bubble.
    • Bubble Tag: Confine the game to a specific area. The person who is “it” blows bubbles toward the other player, who dodges them until he or she is hit. Then change places.