The Best Idea I've Ever Had

We declared a day this week BUBBLEMANIA.

I found a recipe for homemade bubbles and cut the centers out of fly swatters, collected our hula hoops from the garage and pulled out the plastic pool.

The bubbles were so good, we didn't even need a wand!

Giant Bubble Recipe:
A bottle of Joy (or whatever dish soap you have)
Corn Syrup


I make bubbles like I cook, so for those who need precise measurements, I don't have them.

I filled up the plastic swimming pool about a 1/3 of the way full and emptied these bottles (If in doubt, start with less water) I just kept adding and trying the bubbles out:

After a couple of hours, my big kids turned wrinkly and wanted to take showers.

My 2 year old was just getting started:

Did you really think she'd keep her swimsuit on?


Jaden Paige said...

HEHEHE! Tooooo cute! Love that peeking in the window shot! :)

nikkit3 said...

I made some bubbles like that recently and they were sticky b/c of the corn syrup. Your deck will need a good hosing down once the bubble mania is over!

They do make the BEST bubbles though! The mess is WORTH it!!!!

mommy4life said...

I Love the flyswatter idea! I never thought of that!

The Un-Organized Mom said...

Ok, we are having a bubble day next week!! That looks like TOO much fun!!!

Jackie said...

I'm so glad you posted this! My 3 year old son takes his swimming trunks off every time he gets into the pool. He says he doesn't like his pants to be wet. If I turn my back for even a second to pull a weed out of the garden...the pants are off and he's running through the yard...(

Muthering Heights said...

That looks like so much fun....we will definitely be giving this a try!

Stephanie said...

My K5'er had "beach day" during the last week of school and her teacher made the bubble with this recipe. They are great. I think we might steal your idea for "bubble day" for ourselves. My kids would love it!

Huriya said...

Looks like so much fun! my three year old will love this.
Thanks for sharing

Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free said...

That looks like so much fun! Never heard of using corn syrup--I'll have to try that!

Leanne said...

That looks fantastic, I love the photo of your little one standing in the bubble.

Kris said...

I am lovin' this idea!! Too cute!!

Kimberly said...

Love, Love, Love this!! So going to copy you next week! YIPPEE!!

Becky said...

Amazing!! I have never seen better bubbles in my life!! We will have to try it!

Bridget said...

Fun, fun!!! LOVE the hula hoops...and yes, I am one of those who needs exact measurements! ;) I was feeling a little panicky reading your recipe. :) (Maybe I need therapy!) I'm going to be brave and try it next week, though.

Nicole said...

THAT is downright awesome!!! What a fun mom! I am definitely going to try this. It is going to be a long summer. :)

Shanna said...

The pic with your daughter in the bubble is my fave. My youngest strips down too when playing in water.

Josh said...

Do you think food coloring would work if you wanted to give the bubbles a tint? I know my wife was looking to do something like this for our daughter's 1 year birthday.

skyesofblue said...

That looks like so much fun. Okay who has some kids they want to give me for a day?

JC said...

Great idea! I love the Chick-fil-a cup in the background-you can't have outdoor fun without a great drink!

Kathy said...

You are so much braver than I...So many saw the cute two year old in the window. I HAVE a cute two year old right now--What did I see? I saw her locked out until you could catch your breath and minimize the mess brought indoors :)

Let'sMakeADifference said...

Brilliant!! I'm on the way to the store to buy corn syrup!

Anonymous said...

brilliant! love it! i will file this away for late summer boredom. it would be a great playdate if the other moms were in on it.

my kids won't keep their suits on either. deep sigh.

Keesler Chaos said...

If you leave the flyswatter together it makes MILLIONS of tiny bubbles hooked together in long trails. Truly amazing on a breezy day!

Dorci said..., so cute.

Janelle said...

I love the swimsuit she took off! My daughter would look adorable in it, also.

Lori said...

Awesome! You're such a cool mom. And I thought my "cute pig cookies" were neat... (yep, there's a story behind those cookies in a recent post!) Thanks for passing on this idea.

Have a great day!

Adventure Mom Janna said...

Here's an exact homemade recipe from a mommy friend. I'm going to try it in the near future.

Large Recipe
1.Dissolve 3 Tbsp sugar into 3 3/4 cups warm water slowly.

2.Then add one 15 oz bottle Tear Free Baby Shampoo. Stir gently.

Sugar makes the bubbles last longer and yes Josh you can add food coloring for fun if you like.

Smaller recipe:

1. Dissolve 2 Tbsp. sugar into 2 cups warm water.

2. Slowly add 1 cup tear free baby shampoo. Stir well but gently.

I want to experiment with homemade wands as well.

grannyann said...

What a cute post. Loved the pics and thanks for the recipe. On second thought I don't think I want to have to hose down everything so I will let my daughter do the bubble things.

grannyann said...

What a cute post. Loved the pics and thanks for the recipe. On second thought I don't think I want to have to hose down everything so I will let my daughter do the bubble things.

Beth S. said...

F-U-N-N-Y!!!! Those huge hula hoop bubbles are so kids would LOVE it! Might have to give this a try sometime! You sure know how to make wonderful memories for your kids!

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

That is so cute! From bubble time to bath time!

TCKK said...

Too cute!!!

Summer said...

That really does look like the best summer fun idea ever. I'm going to have to try your bubble recipe.


Marci@OvercomingBusy said...

We do bubble a lot at our house, but we've never done them that big! My kids would love that!!

Becca said...

Wow, those bubbles look like so much fun! And I am envious you can cook like that, I always need precise measurements!

Carrie said...

Oh my gosh, that looks like fun! We are sooo doing that next week! Dollar Store, here we come!!! LOL!!

The Southern Family said...

I had a lot of catch up reading to do, and wow! The bubbles. Thanks for the recipe!! Look like amazing fun. The table looks grand. Room time? Totally trying that one. And MRI? You should have totally asked about that one! Having had 3 separate ones over the last 5 years- I would have warned you to get a sedative. Or ask for an open MRI which is better. They are not in anyway, fun- in the least. And if you have one after a surgery- you have to have dye input in your viens so they can see better. Fun times. You poor thing! I had back surgery when Grayce was just 15 month for a ruptured disc. Back pain is the worst!

Amy said...

So with the corn syrup, do you have to worry about the bees?

We are THAT Family said...

To answer a few questions....
I think adding food color would be fine and fun! We didn't have any problems with bees and it wasn't nearly as sticky as I thought it would be!

Christie O. said...

Hilarious! What a great idea! I have to try this, what a riot they'd have!

Whimsical Creations said...

OMG! What a FABULOUS idea! I am totally going to do this one. =D

Your kids are adorable!

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