It’s a hot summer day, perhaps a little overcast with just a hint of wind… and your child is begging you to endeavour outdoors for a little adventure! It’s not always easy to find an entertaining activity for your family to do in these endless days of summer, but when I think back to my childhood, there is always one memory that stands out – bubbles! When it comes to outdoor crafts, bigger is always better! There is just something magical about watching the delight on your child’s face as they watch their soapy creation fly to the clouds!
This easy DIY activity can be created in a couple minutes with a few simple ingredients you can find in your own cupboard at home. For the bubble mixture itself you will need: 6 cups of water, ½ cup of dish detergent, ½ corn starch, 1 tbsp baking powder, and 1 tbsp Glycerine. The first step is dissolving your cornstarch in the water – warmer water helps with this process but is not necessary. Stir thoroughly, adding the remaining ingredients once dissolved. Allow your mixture to sit for at least an hour. The ingredients may settle a bit, so a little stir here and there won’t hurt!
Next you need to create your bubble wand! I use two straws as its base, with a couple feet of yarn tied between them. Thread the yarn through the straws, tying the two pieces in a knot at the end so you have one connected piece. It is just as simple and quick as that! Now all that is left to do is dip your wand into the bubble mixture and lift it into the air. Kids love to run and trail the gigantic bubble behind them, parents too! The solution lasts for hours and so does the fun!