Sometimes an activity has no other purpose than to be awesome. This one definitely falls into that category- it was an accidental discovery that was so much fun that our whole family spent an entire afternoon getting gooey together- no screens in sight. So if your family is in need of some together time, whip up a batch of these reusable bubbles- I guarantee there will be lots of “oohs” and “aahs” and plenty of giggles, too!
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Giant Reusable Bubbles
Yesterday I posted about our super stretchy galaxy slime that I whipped up for our night sky theme. If you read that post, you may remember me mentioning that there are nuances to slime-making…small changes in the proportions of your ingredients create vastly different outcomes in the consistency of your slime. The classic base recipe for the slime we created calls for equal parts of Sta-Flo Liquid Starch and Elmer’s Clear School Glue. What I found is that I didn’t need that much liquid starch to create a stretchy slime- adding more Sta-Flo than needed produced a substance that was more rubbery than slimy or stretchy- otherwise known as GAK!
The first batch of slime I made had this rubbery consistency, so I set it aside and made some more, which is what ended up in our galaxy photo shoot. However, I was glad I didn’t toss the first batch, because it turns out that Sydney much preferred the rubbery gak to the sticky slime. At some point during her play, she managed to get some air trapped in the gak, making a small bubble, and when she asked me to do it again, a lightbulb went on. I figured out a super easy way to do it, and check out the results!
You can make small bubbles.
You can make medium-sized bubbles.
OR you can make GIANT bubbles!! Whoa.
Fun, right? Ready to make your own?
Make Some Gak!
Ok, first you’ll need to make your own gak. So click HERE to hop on over to our galaxy slime post and get the details on the recipe. Be sure to read both the ingredients AND the details on how to get your slime/gak to bond together- if you don’t do it like I describe you may end up with a lumpy mess. Now, as you are adding your small increments of Sta-Flo, you are going to want to do a little “stretch test” to be sure you have the right consistency. You can make bubbles out of slime, but they won’t hold their shape as well as gak bubbles, and they don’t last very long. Now, for your little test, I want you to simply grab a little pinch of your goo blob and pull straight up.
If your substance does this, you’ve got slime. Super stretchy and AWESOME but not the best for bubbles. Set some aside to play with later and then knead in some more Sta-Flo and give it another go.
If your substance does this, you’re good to go! It will still have some stretch (as shown at the beginning of the post) but it is much more likely to break during the pinch test. Now, once you’ve got a good gak going on, I want you to go find a straw. We have a ton of plastic straws of different shapes and sizes from our arsenal of straw and smoothie cups. Hard straws work best to penetrate the gak, and while we got all sizes to work, we had the best luck with larger, wider straws like the one pictured below.
Now, take a ball of your gak, stick your straw in it, and blow! It will take some finesse (just like blowing a bubble with bubblegum does) and you’ll want to pinch the gak around the straw to be sure you don’t leak air, but once you get the hang of it, you’re golden
Here’s Daddy demonstrating the formation of a perfect gak bubble. Once you’ve blown one up, hand it over to the nearest child, and let the giggles commence. Our littles aren’t quite able to make the bubbles themselves, but older kids could certainly take on the task! Oh, and this is common sense, but gak made with glue and starch is not for eating. So skip this activity if you have littles that still taste sensory play materials, or at least save it for when they are a little older, ‘k?
This is actually a slime bubble, but we made it the same way. You can see how much better the gak bubbles hold their shape by comparing the different photos. Once they pop, squish them into a ball and blow ‘em up again!
I hope you enjoyed our little “just for fun” activity! You can see more of our sensory play ideas by checking out our gallery HERE.