It’s Day 24 of our 31 Days of Outdoor Activities for Toddlers series and it also happened to be the last day of school for my older two kids! We celebrated with our neighbors and friends with popsicles, outdoor marble runs, and these Giant Bubbles!
I am not exaggerating one bit when I tell you that the kids played with these giant bubbles for THREE hours. Yes three! My neighbor can also attest because we were outside with them the entire time. And I am not talking about only little kids…we had 3-year olds all the way to 13-year olds in our yard during this time. And believe it or not, the 13-year old is the one who loved the bubbles the most!
If you don’t care about making enough bubble solution to make life-size bubbles, just make 1/3 of the bubble solution below and use various bubble blowers. One of the kids’ favorites was tying a loop of string together, dipping it into the bubble solution, and then running to make the bubbles in wacky shapes.
Our giant bubbles were inspired by Two Prince Bakery Theater and we modified the original recipe slightly.
Here is the recipe to fill a baby pool of bubble solution:
3 emtpy gallon-size jugs
6 cups of Dawn dishwashing soap (2 cups per gallon)
3 cups of corn syrup (1 cup per gallon)
3 packets of Knox unflavored Gelatin (1 packet per gallon or 2 1/4 teaspoons THM Gelatin per gallon)
Large Tarp (to place underneath baby pool)
Tips for getting Giant Bubbles to work their best:
- Make your bubble solution the day before you want to make giant bubbles. Pour the Dawn, corn syrup, and gelatin into the bottom of the empty gallon milk jug using a funnel. Very slowly add water to the top of the milk jug. Add the cap and shake vigorously. Let sit overnight.
- Meanwhile, loosely wrap the string around the hula hoop until it meets back at the beginning. Tie the ends. This will help the hula hoop “grip” the bubble solution better.
- A few hours before you are ready to use the giant bubbles, pour the solution into the baby pool. The longer it sits in the pool, the better the bubbles will work.
Edited to Add: I suggest doing this on a grassy surface because the area around the baby pool will get really slick (and kids could hurt themselves if they fall on a harder surface like concrete or wood decking). However, PLEASE PUT A TARP DOWN ON THE GRASS BEFORE YOU BEGIN. Otherwise two days later the grass around the pool will die!!! Oopsies. :( Thankfully, I have an understanding husband who doesn’t mind re-seeding!
Now please excuse the excessive amount of pictures to commence…
Once you are done, have another adult help you tilt the pool with the bubble solution and use the funnel to put whatever solution is left back into the gallon milk jugs.