What makes a bubble? Bubbles are made by blowing air through a pipe or wand filled with a soapy bubble mixture to form a hollow ball. Their colors (even the ones from the colored soap) come from reflections on the bubble's surface. When we blow to form the bubbles, our warm breath fills the bubbles and makes the them float in the air.
Making a bubble mixture at home is very simple - it is just dishwashing detergent and water. The more detergent you add to your mix the larger bubbles you can make. Adding a little glycerin to the mix will make your bubbles last longer and will slow down the water evaporation that causes the bubbles to pop. If you stick the bubble solution in the refrigerator, and allow it to stand for a few hours or overnight, it can produce stronger bubbles too.
A good way to make a glycerin bubble mixture is to measure 6 cups of water into a large container, then pour 1 cup of liquid dish soap into the water and slowly stir it until the soap is mixed in. Try not to let bubbles form while you are stirring because it puts unwanted air into the mixture. Measure 1 tablespoon of glycerin (or 1/4 cup of corn syrup) into the soapy mix and let it sit. Be aware that the corn syrup will make a sticky spot when the bubbles burst so I recommend the glycerin - it's slippery, but not sticky.
You can play games with your bubbles: See who can blow the largest bubble or who can blow the most interesting group of bubbles or the longest lasting bubble. If the glycerin bubbles last a long time and there is no wind blowing to carry them away, have a race to see who can push their bubble the furtherest without breaking it.
Bubbles are fun and have a magic to them.. When you see bubbles dancing in the air, you can’t help but lose your cares and worries. Let the images of bubbles help you to get in touch with your inner child - to be free to appreciate each moment in all its beauty and fragility - and to live it to its fullest!