Whenever I visit my granddaughters, I bring some new activity for us to enjoy. I always find lots of great ideas in Sue Johnson’s book, GrandLoving: Making Memories with Your Grandchildren. On my last visit I brought a large container of homemade “beautiful bubble brew” that I found in her book. Here’s the recipe:
Beautiful Bubble Brew Recipe
- 6 cups water
- 2 cups dishwashing liquid (Joy or Dawn works best)
- 3/4 cup Karo light corn syrup
- Bubble wands: canning jar rings, funnels, wire coat hanger shaped into a big 6″ wand, straws
- Combine the water, dishwashing liquid, and syrup.
- Let the mixture sit for four hours before using.
- Pour into a frying pan or large pan and dip in your wand, then blow!
- Store the mixture in covered glass or plastic containers for future use.
The girls and I had several hours of fun with these bubbles and we learned a few tips for next time. I made one-third of the recipe and it was plenty. But it took some practice getting the technique to blow really big bubbles. Juliet, who’s 8 years old, blew the biggest bubbles using the canning jar rings. Amelia, who’s 4, just wanted to catch them. They discovered that if their hands were really soapy, they could hold onto the bubbles without popping them. The next day we went to the Dollar Store and found a wand that made enormous bubbles, which was even more satisfying.
It’s best to do this activity outside because things can get quite messy. We dripped bubble solution all over the girls’ outdoor play table, our shoes, and the ground. Our hands got so slippery we could hardly wash off the bubbles.
When I got home, I did some research on bubble recipes and found one by Steve Spangler. He says the secret ingredient that gives bubbles extra strength and volume is glycerin. But it’s expensive and that’s why Karo syrup is used in most recipes.
Whichever recipe you use, you’ll be amazed by the magical rainbow quality of these enormous bubbles and if you’re like me, you probably won’t want to stop!