Make a Bubble Pipe

What You Need:

  • Small paper cup (for example, a bathroom Dixie cup)
  • Plastic drinking straw
  • Masking tape
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Water
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Pencil
  • Paint, glitter, or other decorative supplies

What You Do:

  1. Give your child the paper cup and let him decorate it with paint, glitter, or whatever else he'd like to use.
  2. Once it's dry, pierce the side of the paper cup with the pencil, about one inch from the bottom of the cup.
  3. Stick the straw into the hole, so half of the straw is through the cup and half hangs out the side. Use the masking tape to seal the outer portion where the straw sticks through, so the cup won't leak.
  4. Pour dish detergent into the cup, until it covers the straw completely. Add 1–2 tablespoons of water.
  5. If you'd like, add 1–2 drops of food coloring to the bubble solution.
  6. Give the bubble pipe to your child and show him how to blow gently into the straw.

Prepare for a fountain of bubbling colors. As your child blows, the bubbles should slowly erupt up and over the side of his pipe. A quick and fun activity for a hot summer day, or anytime the mood strikes!

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