What fun would summer be without bubbles? It is the season of bubbles, and with the 4th of July coming soon, you may want to have some bubbles around for your parties and BBQ’s.
You can purchase pre-made bubbles at just about any store for a dollar or less. This makes bubbles a very inexpensive toy for kids of all ages. Those colorful, plastic bottles of fun have a wand inside, so all you have to do is open the bottle, pull out the wand, and make bubbles. It is possible to make your own bubbles using common ingredients around the house. Here are a couple of popular recipes found around the Internet…
1 Part Dish soap (Dawn or Joy are the preferred brands) 15 Parts Water
Recipe # 2
1 Part Dish soap
10 Parts Water
.25 Parts White Karo Syrup
Ideas for Homemade Wands could include: a wire hanger, a straw, a piece of string, or an old pair of sunglasses with the lens popped out. Be creative!
If you are looking for a conversation starter, you can bring up these interesting facts about bubbles.
1. A Chicago company called Chemtoy began selling bubble solution in the 1940s.
2. Soap bubbles blown into air that is below a temperature of −15 C (5 F) will freeze when they touch a surface.
3. About 200 million bottles of bubbles are sold annually.
4. Largest Free-Floating Soap Bubble: On October 9, 2005, John Erck of XTREME Bubbles blew the Guinness World Record largest free-floating soap bubble, 105.4 cubic feet (2.98 cubic meters) in size. If the bubble were filled with water, it would hold 788 gallons and weigh 3.2 tons. To give you another idea of its size, 13,627 baseballs would fit inside of it.
5. Most Bubbles Blown with a Tarantula in the Mouth: The longest time blowing soap bubbles with a tarantula in the mouth is 1 minute 27 seconds and was achieved by Bruno Meggiolaro (Italy) on the set of Lo Show dei Record in Rome, Italy, on 25 February 2010. A second tarantula was walking over his body during the attempt. The record was part of the Italian TV show “Lo Show dei Record” See the record at The Guinness Book of World Records.
For more information about Bubbles, you may wish to check out the sites listed below.
The Guinness Book Of World Records
The Science Museum of Minnesota
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