Kids love to blow and pop bubbles, but my kids often get tired of the activity after a short time. As a former teacher who has planned hundreds of hands-on activities, I love coming up with new ways to entertain the kids and explore everyday things. These bubble crafts and activities work well when your kids are bored. Invite other friends over to turn it into a bubble-themed play date.
Many of the bubble activities also work indoors if you’re willing to deal with a little mess. Bubble solution, either purchased or homemade, is the primary ingredient for the activities. The other supplies are items that most people already have on hand, providing frugal entertainment for your kids.
You have two different options for doing this bubble craft. The first option is to pour bubble solution into shallow cups or containers. Mix in a few drops of liquid food coloring and stir gently. Let the kids blow through a straw into the mixture to make bubbles that come up to the top of the container. Press a piece of paper onto the colored bubbles.
The other option starts in the same way by tinting the bubble solution with food coloring. Put a piece of paper on the ground outdoors or hang it on a clothesline. Let the kids blow the colored bubbles like they would normally using bubble wands. When the bubbles hit the paper, they’ll pop and leave the color behind.
Homemade Bubble Wands
If your kids are bored with the plastic bubble wands that come with the solution, let them make their own wands. Either wire or pipe cleaners work to make the wands. Let the kids make a loop with the wire or pipe cleaner. Try different shapes to see if the bubbles look different.
You can also use found objects around the home as bubble wands. Try slotted spoons, fly swatters, berry baskets, wire hangers or cookie cutters. Let the kids search through the house and test out different items to see if they work.
This activity lets kids blow long streams of foam instead of individual bubbles. Cut off the bottom of a 20-ounce plastic soda bottle. Cut a piece of washcloth just larger than the opening. Hold the washcloth in place with a sturdy rubber band. Dip the washcloth in bubble solution, or dampen the washcloth and dip it into liquid dish soap. When the kids blow through the bottle, it creates foam. Remind your kids not to inhale with their mouths over the bottle or the foam will go into their mouths.