Invent Your Own Bubble Wands from Kitchen Tools

This idea, adapted from the Spark Lab website, took on a life of its own. Rather than using our hands to make the bubbles as the site suggests, we decided to try a little experiment using several of our kitchen tools.

We also followed the recipe on the Spark Lab website to make our own bubbles.

Here are the ingredients:
2 quarts of water (1/2 gallon)
1/3 cup liquid dishwashing soap
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 tsp. baking powder
1. Dump all the ingredients into a deep container.
2. Stir well.
3. Gather all your kitchen tools…we basically pulled out anything that had a hole in it.
4. Head outside.
5. Let your kids start dunking the tools in the bubble solution….
…and blow! Feel free to disregard the filthy clothing.
The round cookie cutter worked especially well.
6. Separate the kitchen tools into what worked, what kinda worked, and what didn’t work.
Little Brother’s favorite thing was dunking the tools into the bubble solution.
…And he didn’t quite know not to put his mouth on it. :) 
What is your favorite object to blow bubbles with???


  1. I've never tried this before, but I'm going to. I think my kids would love doing this activity. And making my own bubbles would be a great idea too, we go through a lot of them.

    I just noticed your name is Jenae. I'm Janae. :)

  2. Thanks to swimming lessons in a therapy pool, my child's first word was "bubble". And right now, we're really into the touchable bubbles. Have you seen those? They give an extra opportunity to explore with another sense and are helpful in teaching the concept of gentleness. However, once we're past that stage and are learning how to blow bubbles, I'll definitely be using this recipe. I remember using just dish soap as a kid, but according to friends, that doesn't work any more.

    1. I use Ivory dishsoap and water, works great. Then I use the cheap dollar store wands or any shaped cookie cutters.

  3. My kids would love these! They love bubbles and this is so much more creative then just buying a huge jug from the dollar store.

  4. I did this and the kids loved it but the bubbles would pop immediately – did you have that happen or do you know whether I need to add more dishwashing soap or corn starch or what to make the bubbles last more than a second? Thanks.

    1. Hmm…not sure about that one. We didn’t seem to have that problem. What kind of dishwashing soap did you use? The recipe we used said to only use Dawn or Joy (not the antibacterial kind). I only had Palmolive on hand and it seemed to work just fine. You might google it? Sorry I’m not more help!

  5. We made our own bubble solution and bubble wands this Summer.
    I can’t really remember the site where I found the idea…. hmmmm. Oh well.
    The wands were simply 5 or 6 straws taped together in a bunch. We used colored straws – way more fun than plain. The result was a bunch of tiny little bubbles! =)

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