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Giant Bubbles in Bulk (wand and juice) for kids party (UK ingredients)

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Update 18th June 2016 - Since writing this Instructable I have made MUCH better giant bubbles with the recipes from http://soapbubble.wikia.com/wiki/Recipes. Both the Guar Gum recipe and the eGoo super concentrate work very well, with ingredients sourced from Amazon and eBay (I also bought a cheap school science scale to weigh out the eGoo ingredients). I'm in the UK and have figured out that Fairy Platinum is the UK washing up liquid to use. It's worth noting that the Soap Bubble Wiki also has an associated forum which is very active and helpful. Cheers Carl

Original Introduction

My boy's 6th birthday was looming and we wanted to do something different than hire a bouncy castle and hand out party bags full of plastic rubbish and sweets. We had a joint science/makey party some friends whose boy's birthday fell at the same time as ours.

My contribution was giant bubble wand kits, which the kids built during the party, and some bubble juice to take home.

This is not a new idea!

I made a UK version of http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-giant-bubbles/ ingredients for the bubble juice. I made wands a bit like those on http://www.designdazzle.com/2011/07/summer-camp-giant-bubbles-kit-tutorial-with-free-printables/ (there is a "secret ingredient" mentioned on design dazzle and I am beginning to suspect it might work even better, so I have ordered some.

I've just discovered a wiki devoted to giant bubbles which looks like a fantastic resource for recipes etc http://soapbubble.wikia.com/wiki/Soap_Bubble_Wiki

Step 1: Bill of Materials

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Wands

2x 12mm dowel cut into 45 cm lengths (with pilot hole drilled in the top) - £1.20 Wickes

1x 45cm & 1x 90cm pieces of Double braided cotton piping - £0.25 (ebay)

2 x Screw Eyes 30mm Pack - £0.18 (Screwfix)

1 x Washer (eg M10) - £0.10

Total per wand: £1.73

The wand plans are similar to those here, http://www.designdazzle.com/2011/07/summer-camp-gi... but i used shorter lengths of string to make it easier for the kids to make bubbles (cotton piping)

Bubble Juice

These amounts were scaled down for the take home concentrate and scaled up for the big party batch - you will need more than this for your party - read on!

6 cups tap water (distilled may work better)

1/2 cup green Original Fairy Liquid (washing up liquid) - Wilko - £0.20

1/2 cup corn flour (corn starch in USA) - Sainsburys - £0.20

1 tbsp baking powder (not baking soda) - £0.13

1 tbsp Glycerine (available from Chemists like Boots - £1.40 a bottle) - £0.14

1 bottle of water (just needed to get the empty bottle!) - £0.15

Total per Bubble Juice Take Home Trial set - £0.83

This recipe is from http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-giant-bubbles/

I've just discovered a stack of new recipes to try here http://soapbubble.wikia.com/wiki/Soap_Bubble_Wiki

Equipment

Saw for cutting dowel

Sand paper or sander to remove rough ends after cut

Drill and small bit for pilot holes

Computer and Printer for labels (optional)

Double sided sticky tape to affix label to bottles, or glue (optional)

Labels and Sharpie mark so kids could mark the wands they made

good

HazelL23 years ago

I want the Minions goggles .... Great kid's party idea too.

funky fab and fun the bigger the better and a great party favour as you said so much better than any old plastic toy and something they can pass on to future generations

kbuchanan34 years ago

I am yet to find any Dawn in the UK. Where did you find it or what alternative detergent did you use as in the past I have found it key to the success/failure fo a giant bubble mixture :)

carl.myhill (author)  kbuchanan34 years ago

I used Fairy Original made by the same company. I saw Fairy Platinum mentioned favourably here - http://soapbubble.wikia.com/wiki/Detergent - Fairy Original worked pretty well!

Brilliant. Thank you. You have inspired me to try this again this weekend :)
Great Instructable, and truly love the group photo and the childrens' expressions! Clearly the giant bubbles were a giant hit. This is one we'll be enjoying at future picnics and group get togethers. Thank you!

Nothing beats bubbles, except giant bubbles that is :)

Excellent idea. Beyond simple