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Friday, March 12, 2010

Homemade bubbles

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Friday's Grand Connection Fun
by Mary May Larmoyeux

Our little grands just love bubbles, do yours? Or did your grands enjoy playing with them when they were small?

When I found two plastic bottles of bubbles on sale for a dollar, I thought What a deal! That is … until I surfed the Internet and discovered countless recipes for bubbles.

Did you know that bubbles can be made with everyday dishwashing soap, water and either glycerin or Karo syrup? (Yep, Karo syrup.)

Some of the Internet recipes call for liquid Joy, others say Dawn is the best to use, and a few suggest baby shampoo. I mixed and matched some ingredients, and this is the mixture one of our grands and I used:

  • 1/3 cup Ultra Concentrated Liquid Joy
  • 1 tablespoon Karo syrup (I used dark Karo syrup and it worked just fine.)
  • Water (I put it into an empty 18 oz. jar.)
I read that combining the ingredients the evening before makes bigger bubbles, so I did that it. I also put the lid on the jar filled with the bubble mixture—didn’t want the concoction to attract any thirsty ants.

For bubble wands, I cut two straws in half and taped the halves together, side-by-side. Then my grand and I went outside where she dipped her wand into the homemade bubble mixture and watched her creations float into the sky.

As they drifted towards the clouds, we talked about how God made everything (Acts 17:24)—the clouds, birds, sun … and, yes, bubbles.

If you have older grands with younger siblings, "big brother or sister" could make the bubbles for their younger siblings. Of course, depending on their ages, they may need a little help from you.

Here's some more information about making homemade bubbles: Homemade Bubble Recipes

And "Living the Better Life" has some great ideas for homemade wands, such as using:

  • Pipe cleaners shaped into circles or other shapes
  • A wire coat hanger, cut and/or shaped into circles or other shapes
  • Plastic or wooden hoops used for cross-stitch, quilting or embroidery
  • Summer berry baskets
Do you have any hints about making homemade bubbles or bubble wands?

Have a great weekend,
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