Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Bubble wands
Re: Bubble wands
Wed, 23 Jun 1999 11:09:58 -0500
I have seen and done these two ways.
One way is to use drinking straws and kite string. You make the loop of
kite string as big as you want, but you thread two straws on to it before
tying it closed. The straws become the handles to hold onto.
The second way was to straighten out a coat hanger into a giant loop. They
also had one that used two coat hangers, keeping the hook from one as a
handle and twisting the two hangers together into a giant circle. You need
to use the glycerin/soap mix to make this work. Kids stood on two bricks in
the center of a garbage can lid full of bubble soap. The hanger loop was in
the soap, so the bricks were in the center of the loop as well. When each
kid stood on the bricks, an adult lifted the coat-hanger loop up, so the kid
was surrounded in a bubble.
We used 1 cup glycerin to 1 cup DAWN dishwashing soap. My directions from a
Children's Science center were brand specific...that DAWN worked best. The
longer you age this, the better it works. We've got a big plastic jug that
has been aging for several years that we use at day camp, and add new to it
each year when we've finished.
We did use the glycerin/soap mix immediately once, but have found that the
longer we age it, the more surface tension is available for really big
Cub Day Camp Director
Mountain Rifle District