Bubble Snakes

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Activity Equipment:


  • Bottle
  • Scissors *
  • Elastic band (in your Activity Bag)
  • Flannel, face cloth or an old sock (Sock in your Activity Bag)
  • Bubble mixture and water (or washing up liquid)
  • Food colouring (optional)
  • Plate


Step 1:

Find a clean, empty plastic bottle, the diameter of the bottle will determine the width of your bubble snakes.

Step 2:

Using a pair of scissors or a craft knife (and  *adult supervision), help your child by cutting the bottom off the plastic bottle.

Step 3:

With your kids, cover the open end of your bottle with a piece of fabric that is similar to a washcloth or cotton sock.  We used a flannel and cut it into a circle shape (to keep the ends from dipping into your bubble mixture). Seriously any old flannel will work, this was a well used one, there is no reason to buy a new one.

Secure with a rubber band to keep the fabric in place. No elastic band then don’t worry just wrap it in tape.

Step 4:

Make your own bubble mixture for your bubble snakes

Homemade bubble mixture is a doddle to make, but you really need to remember the magic ingredient!

  • Washing up liquid
  • Water
  • Glycerine (found in the baking section at the supermarket)

Mix 3 tablespoons of washing up liquid with 250ml of water (distilled water gives the best results) and add 1 tablespoon of glycerine.  This mix is best left overnight to settle before using.

Place your bubble mix into a shallow bowl or plate.

Dip the fabric in the bubble solution and give the bottle a blow.  Blowing slowly produces the longest snakes.  We had a lot of wind and it kept blowing our snakes away!

How to make Rainbow Bubble Snakes

Making a rainbow bubble snake is as simple as adding food colouring to the fabric-covered end. We added blue and red colours to the bubble snakes with food colouring.  The kids dropped the food coloring onto the fabric covered end.  It was a bit messy, but the kids loved it.  You could also use liquid watercolors too.






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