April 11, 2011

Bubble Refill Container

On a nice day, bubbles can keep my kids entertained outside for a long time.  Quite often, the only the thing that cuts their bubble play time short is when they run out of "bubble juice".   When I was browsing at Target the other day, I saw a container that could solve that problem.  It's just a simple one-gallon plastic container with a "faucet".  I love that we'll be easily able to refill any size bottle of bubbles without spilling.  






Here are some more cool activities we've done with  bubbles:
~ Really BIG Bubble Maker 
~ Bubble Snake Maker


To fill up your Bubble Refill Station, here are two homemade bubble recipes that you can use to make up your own batch of bubbles! ( Both seem to work equally well, we'll report back if we find a new favorite)

Recipe #1

  •  1 gallon hot water
  •   1/4 cup glycerin (available in many pharmacies and craft stores)
  •    1 cup Dawn dishwashing liquid
Gently mix all ingredients together.  Seems to work best if you allow it to sit overnight in an open container before using for the first time.


Recipe #2


  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup Dawn dishwashing liquid
Put water and corn syrup in a bowl and microwave for 3-4 minutes.  Stir to combine.  Gently mix in dishwashing liquid.



97 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness this is genius! I am going to use this for my preschool class as well. Thanks!!!

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  2. LOVE this! Will definitely be copying! Only wish I had seen this when my kids were younger! Thank you!

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  3. Very Cleaver! I will pass this along to my daughter for her boys!

    Blessings!

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  4. Love that Idea. We are always running out of bubbles or the container is getting spilled somewhere. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. love it love it would definetly cut down on the number of times we have to remake bubbles thanks for sharing this I am going to share link on my blog annies home located at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  6. I love this idea. I am a new follower.

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  7. This is a fantastic idea, definitely something I will be using with my kiddies!

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  8. Great idea! I love things that let kids do it for themselves such as plastic cups in a low cabinet so they can get their own cup of water. This fits right in with that thinking!

    www.thegunnysack.com

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  9. This is a really clever idea. I'm a new follower!

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  10. What a wonderful idea!!!!

    Cara

    http://miscellaneousme.wordpress.com

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  11. Also, your newest follower

    Cara

    http://miscellaneousme.wordpress.com

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  12. This is so simple, but totally genius! I am definitely making one of these! Thanks for the idea :)

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  13. Oh so genius!! Found you via Pinterest. Can't wait to read through your archives!

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  14. brilliant! thanks so much for sharing this and the recipes on Craft Schooling sunday, great to see you!

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  15. VERY clever! I already have the container too so I am going to make this TODAY! YIPEE! Thanks so much for the recipe too!
    :0)

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  16. Wow! That is indeed very clever, brilliant, and genius! Could I share this on my blog?

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  17. Laura-

    This a great idea for all the bubble fanatics out there! I know in my home the solution goes like popsicles on a summer day.

    If you have a moment today, please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday Hope to see yours among all the amazing projects!

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  18. Love love love the idea of a bubble refill station! awesome!

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  19. This is such a great & practical idea! I Love it!

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  20. This would be great to have when playgroup comes over.

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  21. Cool idea! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

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  22. What an awesome idea!!! I would have never thought to use a jug like that, but that is so smart! Thanks for the recipes too! Now.. if it warms up again here, we'll have to give this one a try!

    Thanks for sharing at For the Kids Friday!

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  23. Sheer genius! I will be doing making this project for this summer!

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  24. Wow!! What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing the recipes! Also, thanks for sharing the tutorial on the giant bubbles on the above post. You have a great blog! I am visiting from Fun For Kids Friday.

    Kerri

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  25. what a fabulous idea! We just finished up a fun week full of bubble activities. So much fun!

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  26. You just improved my quality of life. Brilliant!

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  27. This is such a cute idea!!! I've been trying to come up with something to entertain kids at a party and I think this would be perfect.

    I found you at Show and Tell Saturday.

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  28. This is so cool! Great idea!

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  29. Great idea!! I don't think anyone gets tired of bubble fun. My 3 year old son loves them and wants to do everything on his own, this is perfect!

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  30. This is such a brilliant idea! I will have to try making my own bubbles...my toddler is just crazy about them!

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  31. GENIUS!!! Thank you SOOO much for sharing! And just in time, too! We go through bubbles like crazy and the weather is just getting nice enough to go out and play!

    NatSprat.blogspot.com

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  32. this is completely genius! I love it and am going to try it.

    your new follower,
    kathryn
    www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

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  33. I really love this idea! My kids are really little and spill (or pour out there bubbles within a few minutes and then are crying for more...I really like that they could easily refill on their own...plus helps with their motor skills...so you know bonus! I would love for you to come link up to my Sew Crafty Party !

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  34. My toddler is *addicted* to bubbles! I'm SOO making this for the summer time. I'm going to link to this on my FB page too, I know lots of other moms that will love this idea.

    Visiting from C.O.M.
    -Jennifer
    allthingsbelle.blogspot.com

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  35. This is such a darling idea! And I love the homemade bubble recipes! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Jen
    Scissors & Spatulas

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  36. Amazing idea! I featured it this morning!


    Denise
    Extreme Personal Measures

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  37. Seriously! Genius! And you gave recipes? Even better!

    Would love for you to share at my link party!
    http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2011/04/calling-all-crafters-3rd-edition.html

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  38. thanks to you!!!! such a great moment for the kids

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  39. What a great idea! I am a new follower from Homemaker on a Dime, hope you stop by.
    Crystal

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  40. What a clever idea! I think I just might have to steal or I mean borrow that one!! I am your newest follower, I would love it if you would come check out my blog and follow me back! Happy Monday!

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  41. I am so glad so many of you like this idea! It's one of those things that are so simple, yet really make a mom's life easier!!

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  42. This will be perfect for my daughter's backyard birthday party! I don't know why I never thought to make a refill station! LOL!! Glad you thought of it! :o)

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  43. Laura, I have posted your brilliant bubble refill station on my blog with a link back. I'd be honored if you grabbed a "featured at" button.

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  44. Such a smart idea! I wish you'd shown me this when my kids were small!!! Hey, I can use it for our youth kids! YES!

    amber @ barbwired

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  45. Oh, my goodness! My kids will love this. Thanks for sharing this at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

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  46. Thank you so much for linking up your idea! We are featuring you tomorrow and starting a new What I Made Wednesday Linky Party!!! Can't wait to see what else you have been up to!

    Alisa
    Sweet Peas and Bumblebees
    sweetpeasandbb.blogspot.com

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  47. How fun! I'm featuring you as a Friday Fav tomorrow at naptimecrafters.blogspot.com

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  48. That is a great idea! we love bubbles, so I can't wait to see what other projects you have in store for us!!

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  49. Can't wait to try this! Love it!

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  50. Very, very clever! Thank you for linking to We Play this week :)

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  51. This is brilliant! Nothing irks me more than running back and forth into the house to refill the bubbles. Especially when they are store bought ones... so this is double excellent for me - a recipe and a vessel to keep it in! Thanks!

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  52. I saw your post linked at CRAFT... this is genius! Thanks for sharing!

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  53. Happy Monday Laura~

    Saw this wonderfully fun idea featured at CRAFT.:) So simple & creative. Would love to invite you to link any & all of your creative ideas to my blog bash K.I.S.S. Also, thrilled to be a new follower of your great blog!! :)

    Drop By The Tattered Tag

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  54. What a great idea! With three bubble addicted boys at home, oh and all the neighbor kids, this is going to be a hit at our house this summer!

    Thanks for sharing! :)

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  55. What a fantastic idea!! I'll definitely make one of these this summer. It also would be a great summer gift idea or when lots of kids are over playing. Thanks!!

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  56. Hi Laura~

    Thank you so much for linking to my blog bash K.I.S.S., I so appreciate your creativity. I have featured your super fun Bubble Refill Station today, please drop by & see...

    Drop By The Tattered Tag

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  57. What a wonderful idea! Thanks so much for sharing this. I can't wait to try it at my Son's birthday party this summer. It will be a hit for sure!

    I wanted you to know that you were featured in our Shout Out Sunday yesterday! Thanks for sharing such a great idea.

    http://kimskandykreations.blogspot.com/2011/05/shout-out-sunday.html

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  58. This is the BEST IDEA EVER!!! Thanks for sharing!

    You got a new follower--would appreciate a follow back! "see" ya soon!

    www.cookinformycaptain.blogspot.com

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  59. Freakin' brilliant!!!!! I am soooo stealing this idea for my bubble monster!

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  60. I featured this on my friday favorites
    http://www.lilbitofus.com/2011/05/friday-favorites_20.html

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  61. Great idea! we're linking up next week at dollarstoremom.com

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  62. Genius idea!!! Thanks for sharing :)
    Veronica

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  63. Thanks for this great idea! I featured this on my blog today: http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/2011/06/5-days.html

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  64. That's one of the best outside play ideas I've ever seen!

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  65. fantastic idea! can't wait to try it out

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  66. A thing on which every child can stumble upon for so long time, it acts as very entertaining stuff for them.

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  67. Hi - I was wondering if any of these ingredients attract wasps or yellow jacket bees more than others? Do you know? I saw some sites with "bubble juice" recipes with warnings about this and didnt try since my son is allergic. Do you know?

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  68. I haven't noticed an increase in wasps or yellow jackets when we were playing with the bubbles, but I can't say for sure whether the ingredients could possibly attract them

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  69. The recipe with the corn syrup really DOES attract bees, wasps, yellow jackets, and ants. So we don't use it. Just use the glycerin recipe. It does not attract more bees than regular bubbles would. But let the glycerin recipe sit overnight to get the best bubbles. For some reason it doesn't produce bubbles as well until it sits for a while. Every drugstore should have glycerin. Ask the pharmacist where it is. Do NOT get rose scented if it is all they have. That will attract bees too.

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  70. LOVE THIS!! Thank you for sharing!!! I am making this my my 4year olds birthday!!!

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  71. Thanks for sharing. We made some bubbles today and enjoyed them. I will share this on my blog and give a link back to your post. Thanks again:-)

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  72. This may be a silly question, but does it have to be Dawn dishwashing liquid?

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  73. Not a silly question at all. I'm sure other dishwashing liquids would also work, but I'd read in several places that Dawn worked a lot better so that's what I used.

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  74. Just bought a "soap filling station" at the store today! We're so excited :)

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  75. Thank you! My nephew loves bubbles and is so disappointed when the small bottle is empty. Now we can refill!!!

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  76. Laura-

    Thanks for sharing this idea and the two bubble recipes. I remember featuring this back at Creative Juice Thursday last year, and I thought it would be a great addition to my new site, The Classroom Creative.

    We featured your post at our field day round-up.

    Hope you have a lovely week!
    Nicolette & Karen
    editors of The Classroom Creative.

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  77. Thank you so much for the recipes and great "bubble filling station" idea my daughter loves this and is having so much fun:)

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  78. This is really a great idea, years past when my four son's were younger I was making bubbles all day long... :D

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  79. This is such a great idea and actually saves time. I bought a brand new container at the Goodwill for 75 cents this past weekend.

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  80. What a great idea!! Can't wait to get the container and start using it for my VPK class when it starts getting warmer!!!

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  81. Thank you for the wonderfull idea!!! My kids birthdays are comming up and I plan on having a duel party. Setting up a bubble station like this is perfect the kids will go crazy with it. The best thing about it to me is that unlike so many things that can be used for kid partys this wont go bad and can be reused later. This will be a great activity for my kids in the basement when it is too cold to venture outside.

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  82. Does the corn syrup one get sticky?

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    1. It's really not sticky at all. I might not use it inside, but outside it's not a problem.

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  83. do u mean gallons(US) or (UK) ??

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    1. Gallons US (although I didn't even realize they were different!)

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  84. Hello Laura!
    This idea is great and I just prepared this for my kid. But I have few doubts regarding this..
    I am from India where I don't get any of the above mentioned dishwasher solution brands. What I have used is VIM which has lime in it, so does that work??

    Out of curiosity I just tried blowing bubbles but what I realized is bubbles start but they never take off. So is that because I didn't allow water to cool down completely or the way I prepared the solution is incorrect like I took all the ingredients as you mentioned in the first recipe except the dishwasher solution.

    I am very eager to know this because I promised my boy that we would start playing in the evening and I don't want to see him disappointed if it doesn't work.

    If you can please respond to my queries ASAP.

    Thanks in advance
    Sravanthi

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  86. Will yarn work for the string

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