April 11, 2011

Really BIG Bubble Maker

This activity was so cheap and easy to do, but the results were awesome and the kids LOVED it.  

Check out these really BIG bubbles!





Now look how easy it is to make this bubble maker.

Here's what you need:
  • plastic straws 
  • cotton string ( I think mine was cotton, I found it in my junk drawer)
  • bubble solution ( See THIS POST for recipes and a refill container)
  • shallow container
Here's what to do:

1.  Take two straws.  Mine were really long, so I cut them down to about 6". 
2.  Thread a length of string through the straws.  The size of your string determines the size of your bubbles.  Mine was about 30" long and was a nice, manageable size for the kids.  ( TIP:  If you're having problems threading the string through the straw, insert the string into one end and suck in on the other end.  You might end up with a mouthful of string, but it pulls it right through!  :)  )

Straws with a loop of string threaded through


3.  Tie the string so it forms a large loop.  Then, move the knot so it's inside one of the straws.

Knot is moved inside one of the straws.


4.  Take two more straws and insert them to form handles.   
      ( I actually had two different sized straws, but I'm sure if you pinched the ends, 
       you could still push in the straws for handles. )

Making the handles.

How easy was that?!?!


5.  Pour your bubble solution into a shallow container.  Submerge the string and straws, then slowly lift up by the handles.  Gently pull apart the handles until the strings are taut, then let the wind or your movement help a big bubble take shape.  It took a few tries to get the hang of it, but the kids loved perfecting their techniques.










NOTE:  I adapted it to add the extra two straws as handles, but the original idea 
came from this cool book of games and activities for kids.









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56 comments:

  1. Loving this! I was a teacher {before becoming a stay at home...}and did this great fun bubble stuff during Science Fair week - and love that you do it with your kids!

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  2. This is the perfect spring time activity! I'd love for you to share it at my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party at www.laughloveandcraft.com! I'm visiting through TipJunkie!

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  3. well if it doesnt rain this weekend, i know what we are doing ;-)

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  4. Love this post (as well as the last 3!) What cute ideas! Thanks for sharing...my kids are gonna love this... :)
    ~ Jill from 'Just dream, Jelly Bean!'

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  5. I love bubble activities, and I'm so happy to find a big-bubble wand that's easy to make from home materials!

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  6. I love this idea and I love your adaptation to make handles. Simple fun activity - who doesn't love extra large bubbles?

    I'd love for you to come play with us at It's Playtime today.

    Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

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  7. Awesome! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

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  8. I love how simple this activity is and how much fun! I think I've seen super long straws at The Party store before. I wonder if they would be of any help.

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  9. Oh yeah, bubble time. This is really cool. I LOVE big bubble. To bad your tip for threading string doesn't work on drawstrings - that is really clever!
    Thanks for visiting my blog. Returning the favor :)

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  10. Thanks so much for the bubble posts! I have 6 kids ages 8 & younger this weekend and we just had a blast doing the bubbles & also the spongeballs from your previous post! I'll be linking to you on my blog, if you want to check it out :)

    Amanda
    sleepytimeproductions@blogspot.com

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  11. AWESOME, and perfect for Summer just around the corner. winks-jen

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  12. Thanks, everyone, I hope your kids have as much fun with this as mine do!

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  13. So simple! I love it! I'm going to post on Friday about a class we went to called Bubble-ology, check it out if you remember!

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  14. This is now on my outdoor to-do list! I "pinned" this for outdoor ideas...

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice! Hope to see you again this Thursday!

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  15. My kids cannot wait to make this! Thanks so much!!

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  16. Over here we believe the bigger the bubbles, the better. I'm always keeping my eyes open for bigger bubble makers and love that you can make this one! Thanks for sharing all the tips.

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  17. Great idea and simple too! Thanks for sharing, we're looking forward to making some giant bubbles!

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  18. I'm back -- I loved this post when you linked it up to It's Playtime :) I'm gonna feature it on Friday with a huge round up of ways to get kids moving!!

    Come by on Friday and check out all the other features -- I'm pretty excited about this round up of energy busters!

    Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

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  19. These are so fun!
    I would love if you would share it at our Weekly Playdate~ a kid and family themed link party... http://beneaththerowantree.blogspot.com/2011/06/playdate-link-party-blog-hop-14-all.html

    Cheers!
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  20. Thanks for sharing this idea - it is a fabulous idea. I used sticks for handles instead of straws, to make handlers sturdier.

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  21. Has anyone had problems making bubbles without them breaking. I can't seem to get it to work

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  22. I have 3 grandsons that love playing with bubbles and now I can't wait to show them this technique! Thank you so much. They are going to love this.

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