Supersize your summer fun with EPIC bubble snakes! We made a fun discovery few summers back: If you place a portable air pump in the end of a bubble snake blower you will quickly make enourmous quantities of bubbles in a short amount of time!
We experimented with three versions: A basic snake blower, an EPIC sized blower, and a rainbow blower. Today’s post will cover all three versions.
Using a pump to make bubble snakes was fun discovery we made but it does require some important safety considerations since you are using a pump around liquids. Please read all our safety precautions below.
- IMPORTANT! ADULT SUPERVISION IS REQUIRED!
- Pumps can get hot with continual use so if you start feeling yours heat up immediately shut it off and let it cool down before using it again.
- There are two types of portable pumps: one that is battery operated and one that plugs into an electrical outlet. Use a battery operated one with kids to avoid the chance of any electrical shock. ADULTS ONLY may try using a corded pump but it MUST be plugged into a GFI outlet (one that shuts off if it comes into contact with liquid) at all times.
- Make sure to hold the bubble snake slightly downward so that bubble solution does not back up into the bottle and possibly enter the pump.
- Another option is to use a wet/dry vac and set it to BLOW. Because wet/dry vacs are made to be in contact with liquids this is another safe options and one I have use at our camps.
Epic Bubble Snakes Materials
For all versions:
- Bubble Solution
- Battery operated portable air pump (we used the one from our air mattress)
For the basic bubble snake:
- Plastic water bottles
- Socks (children’s gym socks are perfect)
For the extra large version
- Large gallon water bottle
- Old towel
- Duct Tape
For the RAINBOW version:
- Plastic water bottle
- Duct Tape
- Food coloring – lots of it!
Epic Bubble Snakes Instructions
Time needed: 10 minutes.
Learn how to make a bubble snake
- Make the blower
Cut the bottom off a plastic bottle
- Put a sock on it
Pull a sock over the open end
- Make the snake
Dip the end of the sock in bubble solution. Place the battery operated pump blower in the mouth of the bottle and turn it on.
- Make an EPIC blower
Cut the bottom off of a large gallon jug. Duct tape an old towel to the bottom. Pour bubble solution into a wide, shallow bowl. Dip the towel end into the bubble solution.
- Blow epic bubbles!
Place battery operated pump end into bottle and turn on. Once you have bubbles blown, remove the pump and blow the giant snakes around!
Make a rainbow version
- Follow the instructions above except don’t pull the sock tight. Instead leave it loose at the end of the bottle.
- Secure in place with duct tape (optional).
- Squirt food coloring all over the bottom of the sock.
- Please a small amount of bubble solution in a bowl. The color will seep into the bubble solution so you want to avoid dipping the color soaked sock into your big batch of solution.
- Place the battery operated pump into the bottle mouth and turn it on!
- NOTE: The color will stain your skin temporarily! Make sure you do this outside in a wide one area to avoid staining nearby items.
It’s not summer without bubbles! Here are some additional bubble projects to try: