Wednesday 19 August 2015

Big Bubbles

Owen Keating, designer of stuff, creator of boxes, bubble maker.

Summer in the city with kids means getting out of the apartment and spending as much time as possible outside. After a long winter trapped inside, it’s time to get out of that stuffy apartment and go to the park where the kids can run and shout to their hearts’ content, without incurring the wrath of the neighbors.

When I brought How to Make Monstrous, Huge, Unbelievably Big Bubbles home from work I had strangers on the train asking what it was. I took this as a good sign. If adults are interested, I should definitely be able to convince my kids that bubbles are going to be way cooler than watching My Little Pony and Daniel Tiger. It’s not like it’s that hard to get kids to go the park . . . but the promise of a new toy certainly sweetens the deal.

So we mixed up a batch of bubble solution from the recipe in the book and were off to the park. The Bubble Thing is super easy to use and we got some pretty serious bubbles going in no time. Making bubbles proved to be a bit too hard for my 2-year-old but she could pop them like a pro. My 5-year-old, on the other hand, had no problem making enormous bubbles.


We capped off our big outing with a trip to the playground, and all in all I’d say it was a recipe for an awesome afternoon in the park. My girls even decided Big Bubbles was as much fun as the swings—which is pretty high praise from them. 

The bubbles were a big hit and I’m sure we will be making plenty more, and even bigger bubbles this summer. This time we stuck with the basics, next time we’ll go deeper into the book and try out some of the tricks you can do with the Bubble Thing.

P.S. Big bubbles are a great way to make new friends. You’re going to draw a crowd.

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