diy {‘the world’s best bubbles’}

The recipe called it the “World’s Best Bubbles”, so I gave it a try. I usually buy the massive jug for a $1.00 you can get at the store, but I thought it would be fun to see if this recipe was really any better. Littlest Brother and I made a date of it. We went to Target and bought him a bubble wand for $1.00, then went home and made our bubble mix. He was able to do all the mixing and the bubble wand was perfect for a 2 year old.
The World’s Best Bubbles

1 1/2 quarts of water

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1 cup liquid dish soap

Mix water and corn syrup until completely blended. Slowly stir in soap. Will last several weeks in an airtight container.

It was SO MUCH BETTER than the big jug of cheap stuff I usually buy.

He had so much fun with the big bubbles. The bubble wand was much easier for him than blowing in the little ones that usually come with bubbles. We had a great little bubble date.

Then these two came home and wanted to try.

It was all fun and games as long as Littlest Brother had the wand.

Big Brother even thought it would count as a bath if he rubbed the bubbles all over himself. It did didn’t.

Like I said, it was all fun and games as long as Littlest Brother had the bubble wand.

Sharing is hard stuff when you are two….or four….or six….or thirty.

Tonight I get to speak to a group of moms on ideas of free/affordable things to do with their kids this summer…this is one of those ideas. I’ll be sharing more in the coming weeks!

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  • Cate O'Malley - Love the pictures! Adding to my list of things to do this summer with the kids.

  • Melissa - Where are you speaking? Is it a public engagement…just curious.

  • Shannon - Why are temper tantrums so dang cute…after the fact?? Haha! Little Brother looks soooo stinkin’ cute in those tantrum pics. A great reminder to capture the good, the bad, and the (not so) ugly moments!

  • Jaimie - thanks for this! my little does the same thing with his hands over his mouth when he gets upset. so sad.

  • Christy - Luv the photos, My bubble recipe is dawn & water. I’ll have to try the corn syrup.

  • Christy - Luv the bubble photos, we use just dawn & water for our bubbles
    I’ll have to try yours

  • Yanet - I love the pic of Littlest Brother covering his mouth crying. I get the same thing from my two-year old. I’m looking forward to seeing our free/affordable ideas for kids this summer. This summer we decided not to put our oldest son in summer camp (because of the crazy expensive cost) so I’m yearning for things to do.

  • mandi - i am for sure making this!!! thanks for the recipe!

  • Anna Joy - aww this is so fun! i’ll have to do this with G this summer! :)

  • Erin - They are pretty stinkin’ cute Ash. I love Oldest Bro’s face in his solo pic, it’s like yea..what..i know i’m cool :)

  • Kristi - Oh my goodness that is the cutest thing that I have EVER seen! I have a little boy that does the EXACT same fit…crazy huh? It’s nice knowing that mine isn’t the only one who has a hard time sharing! I LOVE the photos! :)

  • Moriah - oh, I wish I could be at your talk tonight, but I am too far away. bummer. thanks for the great bubble recipe.

  • Emily - I will for sure have to try this, my 2 yr. old loves bubble but gets frustrated with the little wands. Thn for the idea!

  • the inadvertent farmer - Oh what fun! How sticky were they with corn syrup in the recipe? Then again who cares when you’re having so much fun…well until big brother come home anyway! Littlest brother looks just so sad with his hand on his mouth…Kim

  • Cynthia - Oh, my word Ashely. I swear, I remember Chris standing with that exact same look as big brother… hands on hips and thinking something through (5th picture set down on the right). Y’all have the most adorable kids EVER. That looks like so much fun… I’m assuming you got in the action too, because I wouldn’t have been able to resist.

  • Rebekah Jean - I love this! Bubbles are some of my favorite things. I teach 2 and 3 year olds at church Sunday mornings…the other week we had a great time making homemade bubble solution, but it didn’t work this well. I’m definitely going to give your recipe a try!

  • Barbara - One of my teacher books suggests using clothes hangers and/or plastic beverage holders to make wands. You can also make some by stringing drinking straws together.

  • Beth - These pics are soooo adoreable! Bless his little heart! Lol!!!

  • Tessa - What fun! I have to ask if you had any issues with the soap getting in their eyes, because when I made homemade bubbles for my son, that is what happened!

  • Sonya - Oh my goodness! My 20-month old nephew does that same “covering mouth” thing when he is crying and upset. Seeing that picture made me crack up laughing. I have to admit, sometimes I don’t rush to console my nephew right away because he is so stinkin cute when he cries.

  • katherinemarie - BOYS + BUBBLES—- what fun!!!! Thanks for the recipe tip— we need to whip some up this spring. :)

  • Jacci - So adorable :) You know, I would *love* to know a little about the settings you used when you post photo series like this one. Your bubbles are so crisp – I’m assuming you used a fairly high shutter speed. Aperture may around 4?

    You’re my new favorite photography mom blog :)

    ~Jacci in Ohio (mom of 4)

  • lifeologia - Looking at your pictures I knew this was coming to littlest brother.
    I knew it and my 2 year old would do exactly the same thing.
    Thanks for the bubble recipe – I will have to post this on my blog ;)

  • meg duerksen - I LOVE BUBBLES!

  • susie whyte - thank you for this!! i’m getting ready to do some kid photo shoots and i have not been thrilled w the bubbles we’ve found. really lame. (such a dumb thing to be upset about, huh? :))

    also thanks for leading me to MyPublisher. i just got 2 books in for mom’s day presents and they are gorgeous!!!

  • chantelle - oohhh I feel little brothers pain! I get that same “hurt bunny” look even if I think about taking something of my little guys away- oh the tough job of being 2!

  • Heather - what fun! i’m definitely going to make this.
    my son will think it’s a science experiment since he’s convinced bubbles only come in the plastic jugs! ha. thanks for sharing!!

  • Seamingly Sarah - Oh I wish I could go to your talk. Well actually I wish there was something like that around here.

  • Jane - Can’t wait to test out this recipe! I have a big bubble fan too. Although I think he’ll try to dunk his head in the bubble mix.

  • cally - oh oh oh oh oh! please share free/affordable things to do!

    I’ve already bookmarked half your blog for things to do this summer.

  • Elizabeth - oh my goodness. your boys are just way too cute. Littlest brother’s expression made me laugh out loud *insert a “bless his heart” here:)* As a mom of 2 little boys I know that face all too well. I love your website. great ideas, great pictures, adorable boys.

  • margo - beautiful photos! Thanks for the recipe – I’ve been so irritated with the cheapy bubbles and I keep running out.

    Your little son must be 2 – that’s my son’s age and the frustrated crying face is THE SAME. :)

  • The Lady of the House - yay! I’ll take notes :0) love this kind of stuff! and my goodness!! I’m so jealous to see your boys running around in shorts – we had snow here in Idaho this week!!

  • Allison - That face is very popular at our house too!! Poor little guy!!! :) Great bubbles though!!

  • giozi - The photos of your baby crying, ohhh, I was reminded both my children, when my little girl chubby takes something from my child, something that happens very often. Thanks for sharing ;)

  • boogie. - i am SO trying that bubble recipe! i agree that the cheap stuff at toy stores are horrible!

  • Jennifer - Thanks for the recipe. I just found your blog through a friend and I totally copied your idea, target wands and all. I linked from my blog to yours afterwards to pass this great recipe on.

  • Jodi - I am doing a bubble art playdate on friday. thanks for the recipe. i knew i saw something on here!

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  • Lauren Johnson - I just came across this post from “A Few of My Favorite Things” and I LOVE your blog! Thanks so much for sharing this bubble recipe. I am planning on using it for my son’s second birthday party in a couple of weeks! Can’t wait to try it out!

  • Kathleen Frances - Were these bubbles great because they lasted longer? I used to buy gymboree bubbles because the bubbles didn’t pop as quickly. But it’s sort of pricey for bubbles. Did these bubbles hold up longer too?

  • Rachel - I saw this on Pinterest and have to try it. The last bubbles I bought made little tiny bubbles that popped way too easy!

  • crystal - hmmmm….we just tried this recipe and found it really frustrating because while it would make big bubbles…they popped before we could get them off the wand. any ideas?

  • Carol F. - Thank you for posting this. I left all the stuff with the babysitter and she and the kids had a wonderful time making the solution and blowing bubbles outside. The kids said that if they dipped their hands in solution, they could catch the bubbles and the bubbles wouldn’t pop.

  • Jeanne - Thanks for the recipe! I will try this.

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  • Sarah - Hi! I love your blog and this post is completely adorable. Hoping I can learn from you!

  • lamama - WOW!! These ARE the BEST bubbles! Thank you!

  • Allison - Help! Ours worked okay on our little bubble wands and with homemade water bottle bubble blowers (http://www.projectsforpreschoolers.com/water-bottle-bubble-fun/) but not for our big wands. I used regular Dawn, light corn syrup and water. What soap did you use?? I was trying to remember if Palmolive or Dawn worked better for bubbles..maybe I chose wrong!

  • Kayla - Where did you get the wand and pan?! Theyre perfect for my twin boys that are about your youngests age. Perfect pictures BTW, absolutely gorgeous.

  • Allyson - Thank you so much for the recipe the only bad thing is that I live in Uruguay an we don’t have corn syrup so I will keep looking. I’m studying for be an English teacher and I find many very nice ideas from US . Here ifs impossible to buy things for schools. My little girl class is empty and as a mother I always bringing some idea from You guys thank you so much!!!

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