Some days, toddlers just like to be toddlers. On those days, nothing we do as parents is right. We give them the wrong snacks, even though they loved the same snack yesterday. We provide the wrong toys, regardless that they were obsessed with that same toy yesterday. And their clothes? All wrong! Just looking at them can cause a meltdown on those days. And they are some of the hardest days to get through as a parent.
I’ve been there friend. How fabulous would it feel to have a solution in your back pocket that works to calm your child down even if only for 20 minutes? I discovered this trick last year and confirmed it works with multiple kids through daycare. I was recently watching two toddlers and it worked to calm both of them down mid-meltdowns.
An awesome life hack
My secret? Bubbles! There’s something magical about those soapy wonders. As they smoothly drift down towards the floor, they capture a toddler’s attention, something that doesn’t happen often. Tears are magically turned to giggles and all is right in the world (even if only for 20 minutes). This break is what most parents need to reset, take a deep breath, and come up with a plan of action for a more longterm solution.
Imagine if you had bubbles that didn’t pop. If simple bubbles can hold a toddler’s attention, think of what an up-poppable bubble could do! Check out this YouTube video from someone making this awesome craft!
How to Make Bubbles
Here’s what you need:
- 1 cup of Dawn liquid dish soap (not the Ultra kind)
- 6 cups of Distilled water
- 1/2 cup of Light corn syrup
- Container with a top for the mixture
- Bubble wand or anything that you can use to blow bubbles
You can find these things at pretty much any grocery store. I have a bubble gun that makes things easier on me but it’s not necessary.
- Mix the water and the dish soap together. Do this step slowly so you don’t make too many suds. Make sure it’s mixed well.
- Add the corn syrup, mixing slowly until it’s all combined.
- Put the top on your container and let it sit overnight.
- Use your bubble wand and check out the amazing bubbles you just made!
i need a bubble gun in my life so bad pic.twitter.com/hZiCvP529n— shannon (@coffeys) April 22, 2015
These bubbles are not only amazing, but if you have an older toddler, it’s a great DIY project to do with them. Over two days of fun from one activity! You can make the bubbles one day and then use them the next!
Did you know that you can usually bounce bubbles off of fleece? Velvet works too! Also, humid days are better than dry days for bubbles. Windy days can make it more difficult to blow bubbles, so looking for a calm and more humid day is best if you’re looking to go outside. If you’re inside, stay away from fans or AC vents (I learned this one the hard way). Bubbles do contain soap, so keep that in mind and don’t let your kid eat them!
I love bubbles and I’m really happy that my child does too. They calm her right down and give us a reset. Some times that’s all it takes to turn a day around!
Do you have any fun bubble stories?
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