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BACKYARD FUN: Gigantic Bubbles

By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 at 6:24 am in Backyard fun.

Double bubbles (FamilyFun/MCT) Time for another installment in our Backyard Fun series, inspired by you guys. After Cindi and Cassandra talked about the joys of nature walks and vegetable gardens, we found a great round-up of children’s garden ideas including strawberry pots and beanpole tepees. Tiffany and Paula’s suggestion of sidewalk chalk got us madly mixing Plaster of Paris and tempera paint. Now, we’re all about the bubbles, just like Michele’s kids who play with “sidewalk chalk, bubbles, coloring books/crayons, trampoline, bicycles,” she says. “My kids have plenty to do and we have a nice time enjoying the sunshine during the summer.”

Sounds like big, splashy, soapy fun. Ready? First you’ll need a really good bubble solution: Mix 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of water with 2 tablespoons of dishwashing soap and 2 tablespoons of glycerin (look for it at the drug or craft store).

Next, you’ll need some intriguing dippers. Try pouring the bubble solution into a wide, shallow bowl and dip in an empty strawberry basket – now blow! Dip in a whisk and wave it slowly through the air. Or try these cool Family Fun tricks to make double bubbles and unpoppable blobs.

When you’ve had enough, try this technique for making gigantic bubbles. Take a small wading pool and multiply your bubble recipe (either the one above or this one from the Exploratorium which uses 2/3 cup Joy dishwashing soap, a gallon of water and 2 to 3 tablespoons of glycerine) to fill the wading pool about an inch or two deep. Place a hula hoop into the bottom so it’s completely submerged, now gently lift it and wave it in a big swooshing motion. Cool? Even cooler: put the hoop back in the wading pool. Have your child put on a swim suit and goggles and stand in the pool, inside the hoop. Now lift the hoop directly up and over his head.

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