Bubbles that bounce

Bubbles that bounceEveryone loves blowing and playing with bubbles. Wouldn’t it be great if the bubbles didn’t pop the instant you touched them? We have just the recipe! This activity involves a little pre-planning — you make the bubble solution the day before — but it’s worth it.


  • 1 cup distilled drinking water
  • 1 tablespoon dish soap
  • 1 teaspoon of glycerin (available at most craft and drugstores)
  • Straw and/or bubble wand*
  • Clean glove (or sock) — helps keep the bubbles from popping

* You can also make your own bubble wand. Check out the directions below – you just need a wire hanger, needle nose pliers and some beads.

Making the bubbles

This could not be easier — simply mix the water, soap and glycerin together and let sit for 24 hours.

Making the wand

mott blog - clv 2015 - bubbles and bubble wandsMaking your own bubble wands is easy. Take your needle nose pliers and untwist and straighten out the wire hanger. Leave at least 12” for the handle on one end and another 1” on the other end to twist after you’ve created your shape. You can bend the rest of the hanger into the desired shape. For a simple round wand, wrap the wire around a round shape like a can. You can also get creative with your shapes. Try hearts, stars and moons.

After you’ve created your shape, twist the extra inch of wire around the handle to close the shape. You can then add beads to the end of the handle (this makes it easier to hold). Make a spiral loop at the end of the handle to keep the beads in place. Use tape over the ends of the wire to prevent scratching.

Have fun

After your bubble mixture has rested for 24 hours, you’re ready to play. Have your child put a soft sock or glove on one hand (this helps keep the bubbles from popping). Blow bubbles, let them bounce in your hand. Gently push the bubbles up. See how many times you can bounce the bubble before it pops. Enjoy!

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