Beat Boredom With Big Bubbles

It’s summertime and the living is easy… until a kiddo comes up to you complaining that he is bored.

Today, I’m sharing one of our tried and true boredom busting strategies: big bubbles.

Beat Boredom With Big Bubbles

In past years, I’ve tried various big bubble recipes. Some were okay, some were big flops. This recipe is fantastic. It was given to us by a beloved teacher last summer. When I first looked at the ingredient list I thought to myself, “Where on Earth do I get that?!” but then I remembered my good friend Amazon and in two days I was good to go.

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Image source: Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley

I can assure you, these ingredients are worth the search and will last for a long time. We make these bubbles all the time–in large quantities–and we have yet to run out of anything other than the dish soap!

I’ll often make a gigantic batch. I’ll ask the kids to quintuple the recipe (hello stealth summer learning!) and we store it in a big Rubbermaid container on our patio. Boom! Bubbles galore!

I could watch these forever!

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Beat boredom with this recipe:

  1. Mix the guar gum powder, rubbing alcohol, baking soda, and citric acid together. Make sure you mix it very well until it is thick like cement.
  2. Add the water to the mixture. Make sure that the water is VERY WARM. Stir until dissolved.
  3. Add the Dawn Ultra and stir until dissolved.
  4. Enjoy!

What about the wands?

We have tried them all! Last summer, we had a blast creating our own wands. We used our imagination, and Pinterest, to create our very own Wand STEM Challenge. That was a lot of fun, but most of our wands fell apart after a while. You can see some of our attempts in this video:

Once I realized that we’d be making these big bubbles all the time, I invested in three of these wands. We have had them since the very end of last summer and they are still going strong!

Now that I’ve shared our family’s favorite boredom-busting strategy, I’d love to hear yours! Share here!

Cait is a school psychologist, mom to three amazing children, and an unexpected homeschooler. She loves nature, good books, board games, strong coffee, and dancing in her kitchen. You can read about all of these things and more at My Little Poppies. Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast. She is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and G+.