Make your own bubbles

For a great sensory activity that uses simple household objects, have a go at making your own bubble mixture and wand. It’s best to blow the bubbles outside as it can be quite messy, so head into the garden when you’re ready. This recipe makes a lot of bubble mix, so you may want to scale it down.

This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.

Who is this for?

This is a crafting activity for people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities and can be enjoyed by anyone.

Why does this make a difference?

This is a creative and sensory activity that helps people learn by using their senses to connect with their surroundings, exploring touch and different textures.

How to do this activity

What you’ll need

Red, yellow and blue pipe cleaners, some spools of wire, scissors, an empty jar and washing-up liquid

  • Jam jars with lids
  • 60ml washing up liquid
  • 57g sugar
  • 425ml warm water
  • A large paperclip or pipe cleaner
  • A stick or old pencil
  • Tape
  • A jug

Step 1

Mixing the washing up liquid with a spoon in a jar

To make the bubble mixture, put the sugar in the jug and pour the warm water over. Stir until dissolved. Then, add the washing liquid and gently mix it in being careful not to create too much foam. Pour into jam jars, and if possible, let it rest in the fridge for 24hrs.

Step 2

A twist of silver wire on a long stick, with a hand attaching a piece of tape

To make the bubble wand, carefully unfold the large paperclip or use the pipe cleaner, and shape into a small circle or freeform shape. At the bottom of your shape, leave a straight bit, and tape that to the twig or pencil.

Step 3

A caucasian woman's face in profile blowing a big bubble through the bubble wand

Dip the wand into liquid and start blowing bubbles!

Top tips

Green bubble mix with a homemade bubble wand that uses yellow pipe cleaner

  • Depending on the brand of washing up liquid, you may need to adjust quantities.