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Bubbles are so fun and we can’t seem to get enough of this mini Bubble Shooter Toy that we made this week. We also have been calling it a bubble writer. My son asked if we could keep it forever AND make one for each of us so we don’t have to take turns using them. 🙂 With this bubble shooter, you can actually write with bubbles in the water! This is also a super cool STEM project for kids. (Find more of our STEM projects here.)
How to Make the Bubble Shooter Toy
This is SO easy to put together! Grab a ball point pen that is out of ink. We all have them lying around. Then take it all apart. You will take out the tube that has the ink inside and also the writing tip. If your pen has a cap on the top end, remove that, as well.
You will also need a large balloon, a rubber band, and a pan of soapy water.
If there is any ink remaining in any part of the pen, soak it in a bowl of rubbing alcohol for a bit to get it all off. You don’t want to get ink in your mouth and you will be blowing on this pen. Make sure to rinse the parts after soaking them, too.
Then add the balloon to the top end of the pen and secure it tightly with a rubber band. Remove the tip and blow up the balloon through the pen end. Once the balloon is blown, twist it to keep the air in and place the tip of the pen back on.
Have your pan of soapy water ready to go!
Scribble, write, and draw in the soapy water. Do your spelling words with the bubble shooter!
You will need a few minutes between each use to let the bubble die down a bit and blow the balloon back up.
My kids went nuts over this project and have been playing with it for days.
Make it a STEM Project!
This works great for both science and engineering. Talk about how bubbles are formed and the science of air, how the air pressure creates the bubbles as it flows out of the ballon. Make it into an engineering and building project by seeing if they can create it without any instruction!