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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

How to Make Nontoxic Blowing Bubble Mix

As The World’s Most Fabulous Aunt (trademark pending) I like to do fun things with my nieces and nephews. Preferably in a way that won’t kill them. Or maim them. Because hoo-boy! Parents can get testy when you return their kid to them with a chunk missing.

Not that I would know anything about that.

When I have kid visitors, I like to have something fun for them to do. One way I keep the older kids from gluing their faces to the hand held video games they bring with them (a little rude, yo) and keep the younger ones from climbing up my walls (taking full advantage of their normally eagle eyed parents being distracted by visiting and chatting with say, me) is to make and blow bubbles! Of course this being The Condo I like to do it green and on the cheap if I can help it. Here’s how.


Make and Blow Green Bubbles!

You will need:

Environmentally friendly dish washing detergent (If you don’t have a green dish washing detergent, you can use what you have but your bubble blowing mix may not be very environmentally friendly)
Water
Cup/jar
(Reusing an empty jar from store bought bubble mix works great for this project.)
Bubble wand, bubble blower, or something else to blow bubbles with

Make it:

1. Fill the jar/cup with water.
2. Add a liberal sploosh of dish washing soap to the water. The recommended amount is 3 parts water to 1 part dish soap but as a kid (and now as a kid cleverly disguised a responsible adult) I use a liberal squirt of dish soap and it works just fine.
3. Mix the dish detergent into the water using the bubble wand, your finger, or screw the cap on the reused bubble jar and gently shake it.
4. Dip the bubble wand into the mixture and blow!

Variations:
  • Some people add glycerin to their bubble blowing mix. I have never have and mine works great.

  • I keep a small stash of bubble wands from wedding favor bubbles around to use for all of our bubble blowing needs.

  • If you don’t have bubble wands around, try making a bubble blower from twisting wire or bread twist ties (not as good as wire, but will do in a pinch) into a circle or experiment by using anything with holes in it like a plastic berry basket.

  • If it’s too cold or wet to blow bubbles outside (recommended) you can earn Fabulous Aunt Points (I’m thinking about trade marking this too) by allowing the kiddos to blow bubbles in a non carpeted room like a kitchen with an easy to clean floor (and you’re halfway there with the cleanup/mopup – they are dropping soap and water on it the floor!)

  • Some pets like to chase bubbles, which is a great way to keep them from being bored and destroying your furniture for sport.

  • Other pets don’t like to chase bubbles and think you’re trying to trick them into a bath, which they hate with a passion.
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This post is part of Works for Me Wednesday.