Activity: Blowing Bubbles

by Jadwiga O'Brien on May 19, 2011

young girl blowing bubbles

Get your kids active with some cheap bubble mixture!

Getting kids to blow and chase bubbles can be a great way of keeping them active. All you need is some bubble mixture and a bit of imagination – bubbles have been used as children’s toys for at least 400 years!

Bubble mixture is usually pretty cheap, or you could even make your own:

  • 1 part Washing up liquid
  • 10 parts Water
  • 1 tsp water-based paint (optional)
  • Some kind of plastic or cardboard tube (for a wand)
  • Re-use an old bubble wand – with enough practice you can even just use your hands!
  • Water-based paint can be used to make colourful bubbles (but they’re going to make a mess!)
  • Bubble mixes work better if left overnight

How to Play

Bubble games can bring out the best of your children’s imaginations. Usually they won’t need much direction once you hand over the bubble mix and wand. However, if you want to try some new ideas why not encourage them to:

  • Pop as many bubbles as they can
  • Blow bubbles as high as they can
  • Blow the biggest bubble they can
  • Get bubbles to pop on targets
  • Run with their bubble wand to make a trail of bubbles
  • Keep the bubbles up in the air for as long as they can by blowing at them
  • Use coloured bubbles to make art by getting them to land on sheets of paper

Physical Activity

Playing with bubbles is great for getting kids (and parents) to be more physically active. They can run around both chasing or blowing bubbles.

For a short video clip of some bubble magic click here.

Does your family enjoy bubble blowing games? Why not share your ideas in the comments box below.

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