Make a Sock Bubble, Bubble-Blaster!
If you are looking for good, CLEAN, & inexpensive fun with things you can find around your house then keep scrolling. This activity provides a novel method to wash your child's hands, keep her occupied for an extended amount of time, and repurpose some household items.
Bowl of water
Empty water bottles (I used smaller/thicker soda and sport drink bottles)
Sock you don't mind cutting (or you can use an old washcloth or terry like fabric)
Tray or cookie sheet (optional)
Paper towels or towel to clean up any spills
This return on investment for this activity will pay you emotional dividends.
You're welcome! :o)
Start by gathering up your supplies. Next, cut the bottom off of your empty bottle.
You might need to cut your sock to fit over the end of the bottle. Cut sock, and then secure with a rubber band (or string if you find yourself without a rubber band).
Add about 1-2 tsp of dish soap to a bowl of water and stir.
Take bubble blasters outside, and enjoy!
Dip bubble blaster into soap and water mixture, and have your child blow into the mouthpiece.
(Always supervise your child, and ensure that she isn't sucking IN on the mouthpiece. It's not dangerous, but it won't taste great!)
Observe the bubble noodle that comes from the soapy sock end of the bottle.
It didn't take my children long to begin a bubble battle with their bubble blasters.
They played for about and hour!
A bonus is that we can reuse the supplies during another playtime or even add the bubble blaster to our bath or shower routine!
How does it work?
Water is made from two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom to form a molecule. Hydrogen atoms in one water molecule are attracted to oxygen atoms in other water molecules. They like each other so much that they cling together. Bubbles form because of the nature of the surface tension of water.
When air is blown through the bubble blaster, thousands of tiny bubbles are made. As the air moves through the fabric, bubbles are continuously being made (as long as there is air). Thanks to the same hydrogen bonds that attract water molecules, the bubbles attach to each other when they come out of the fabric.
If you wanted to add color to your bubble blaster, add some food coloring to the end of the sock before dipping it into the bubble solution. Careful, though, as food coloring can stain skin or tile. Liquid watercolors might be a better choice.
Use the bubble blaster in the shower or bath tub!