I'm forever blowing bubbles, pretty bubbles in the air,
They fly so high, nearly reach the sky,
Then like my dreams they fade and die.
Fortune's always hiding, I've looked everywhere,
I'm forever blowing bubbles, pretty bubbles in the air
I'm dreaming dreams, I'm scheming schemes, I'm building castles high.
They're born anew, their days are few, just like a sweet butterfly.
And as the daylight is dawning, they come again in the morning!
When shadows creep, when I'm asleep,
To lands of hope I stray! Then at daybreak,
When I awake, my bluebird flutters away..
"Happiness, you seem so near me, Happiness, come forth and cheer me!"
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Once youre into serious bubble blowing youll get through loads of bubble solution. We have some great value bubble solution on offer, but you might also like to try making your own solution with these fun-to-experiment-with bubble recipes.
Fairy Liquid from Proctor & Gamble works well, but any good quality washing up liquid should do the trick. The secret ingredient for sturdy, colourful bubbles is Glycerine, which you can buy here, or pick up at most good pharmacies.
Soft water is good for bubbles. Any water containing high levels of iron is bad for bubbles. To get the very best mixture you need to use distilled water, but in most cases tap water will work perfectly well (and if you have a water softener attached to your system that will certainly help).
Washing Up Liquid - 1 part
Water - 15 parts
Glycerine - ¼ part
Gently stir the ingredients together and avoid making a lot of foam. It is then best to store in a sealed container overnight (the solution seems to get better with age). Make sure your container is sealed to avoid evaporation of the water. Your solution should keep perfectly well for a few weeks
If you want a good strong solution for making enormous bubbles then simply add more glycerine.
Finally, remember that different climatic conditions can have a big effect on the performance of bubble solution, so you'll need to do a bit of experimenting. Overcast or humid days work best, or just after rainfall. If its hot and dry then stick to making small bubbles!
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You can have bubble games at any childrens party, regardless of the theme, and it will always be a bit hit. Bubble making is quick, easy, cheap and great for photo opportunities too! All you need is some music, a good supply of bubble solution and a good array of bubble blowers.
Choose three children to be the bubble blowers. Set a time limit and have them blow as many bubbles as they can while the others race to pop the bubbles. You can also use a bubble machine for this activity.
Give the children a few minutes to choose their bubble-blowing device from a box of bubble-blowing items you've arranged beforehand. You can also hand out bubble bottles so everyone is using the same tool. Then see who can blow the biggest bubble, the longest-lasting bubble. How about getting one bubble inside the other with the use of straws, and the tiniest bubble, etc.
Designate a blowing area and separate the children into teams of 3-4. Get the first team to stand and designate one of the team members as the Bubble Blower. Give the Bubble Blower ten seconds to blow as many bubbles above the heads of his team members. The object of this game is to keep the bubbles floating by blowing upwards. While the other groups are watching, have them count how long the group keeps their bubbles in the air without the bubbles bursting. When the last bubble bursts, it's the next team's turn. The team that keeps their bubbles floating the longest wins.
Get everyone standing in a circle with their bubble bottles and wands at hand. Choose the birthday child as the first to be in the centre of the bubble ring. The children have 30 seconds to blow bubbles at them while they twist, jump, roll and do everything possible to avert touching the bubbles. When the time's up, have another guest enter the ring and so on until everyone has had their turn. Make sure your camera is loaded before this game as the photo opportunities are great!
This is the ULTIMATE bubble party game. Prepare a bucket-full of bubble solution and pour it into a small paddling pool (any form of tray will do, as long as it is approx 3 in diameter. Place a hula hoop into the pool and a small step stool in the middle of the hula hoop. Set a child on the stool and then lift the hula hoop up over the child, as you do this a giant bubble will form around the child. Have your camera ready to take pictures of the child in the bubble because its fantastic to watch!
A good game for a rainy day - get the children to blow bubbles on a paper plate and then, before the bubbles pop, put them in the freezer and you'll all be amazed at how "cool" they come out.
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This is a great game for outdoors or in with potential for some great artistic results. Each child needs an A4 piece of thick paper or white card. Have a few containers ready with bubble solution mixed with different water-based paints (you may want to experiment first to see which colours work best).
Get one person to gently blow bubbles into the air whilst the others catch them on their pieces of paper or card. As the bubbles pop the paint splatters to make a cool design. Set the papers out to dry you may need to carefully iron them if wrinkled.
Mix a squirt of dish detergent with coloured water in a large shallow pan. Use a different pan for each colour. Colour the water by adding water-based paint, food colour or, best of all, ink from dye based re-inkers.
- Blow bubbles on the surface of the water using a drinking straw.
- Pass your paper through the coloured bubbles.
- Use one colour or many colours per paper.
- Use different weights and textures of paper.
- Set the papers to dry and carefully iron them if wrinkled.
The results, as you can see, can be quite stunning:
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