Bubble Snakes: How to Make a Sock Bubble Blower
We have a limited time to do summer activities outdoors in Minnesota. You'll almost always find at least part of our family outside when the sun is shining and the weather is nice!
The kids love playing outside more than anything else, and I'm always rounding up ideas for fun activities that can only be done outside. After all, we have long winters for all sorts of indoor fun.
I've always thought bubbles were the perfect outdoor project. Babies love them. Kids love them. Even adults love them!
A few days ago we made bubble snakes with some simple household ingredients. This is one of those projects that takes about five minutes to make but creates hours of fun for everyone!
Honestly, I think all ages would love this little project. My 2 year old niece thought they were fascinating. My kids and our neighbor's kids are all in elementary school and they had a blast making bubble snake after bubble snake, then watching each other make them.
As a mom, it was great to see the kids have so much fun, but it was also really cool to see the thick trail of bubbles coming out from a sock!
Materials Needed to Make Bubble Snakes
I think the thing I love the most about bubble snakes is that they're so easy to make. You're also making this fun bubble toy with upcycled materials, which is a huge bonus!
You'll need one of each of the following materials to make a bubble snake:
- 1 empty plastic bottle
- 1 clean sock
- 1 rubber band
- 1 pair of sharp scissors
How to make a bubble snake video tutorial
I know many of you love video tutorials so this is for you! I'm starting this article off with a quick instructional video for how to make a bubble snake:
How to Make Your Sock Bubble Blower
- Wash your plastic bottle so it's safe to put your mouth on it.
- Use your sharp scissors to carefully cut the bottom end off of the bottle. Discard the piece you cut off.
- Slide the sock over the end of the bottle so it's stretched tight across the hole. It shouldn't cover the drinking end of the bottle.
- Secure the sock to the bottle with a rubber band.
Making the bubble snake requires sharp scissors to cut through plastic. Make sure an adult is supervising if your child insists on doing it by herself.
How to Make Bubble Snakes
This is the fun part! The bubble snakes are simple to make once you have your sock bubble blower assembled.
- Dip the sock end of the sock bubble blower into your bubble mix. I love my Crazy Deluxe homemade bubbles recipe, but these are excellent bubbles you can buy from Amazon.
- Make sure the sock is saturated with the bubble solution.
- Point the bottle downwards and gently blow into the drinking end.
- Play with your homemade bubble blower!
The bubble snakes will keep your kids occupied for a long time. If you find yourself wanting to keep them interested, give them some of these homemade bubble blowing challenges:
- How long of a bubble snake can you make?
- What's the shortest bubble snake you can make?
- Who can make the bubble snake with the biggest bubble in it?
- Who can make the bubble snake that looks like it has the most bubbles in it?
- Who can make the thinnest bubble snake?
- How many bubble snakes can you line up in the grass before they pop?
There are so many more homemade bubble tools I want to make besides these bubble snakes. You'll definitely be seeing more of my bubble experiments in the future.
Have you made any DIY bubble projects? I'd love to hear about them in the comments!