“ Manufacturer: Bubble Magic / Type: Outdoor Toy „
One outside item we love in our house is bubbles and we constantly seem to lots of bubble blowing products lying around but in my opinion, you cannot beat the old favourite pot of bubbles.
I last picked these up while at the seaside from a local shop at a price of 50p, which I thought was pretty reasonable, especially considering that I was probably paying an inflated price due to the time of year and location. For 50p, I received a bottle containing 60ml of bubble solution, the bottles measures about 8cm tall.
The packaging of the bottle is quite eye catching and definitely would catch the eye of any child; the plastic bottles are brightly coloured and to the front is a picture of a cute little rabbit. The bottle is topped with a screw top lid which is easily removed by Lauren and myself. Upon first removing the lid, the bottle does have a plastic seal which has to be removed; I must admit that I think a child would struggle to remove this. Once this seal has been removed, I did find that the bottle must be kept upright at all times as it did leak if not. Attached to the screw top lid is the wand; I actually prefer bubbles that are like this because this it means that I don't have to put my finger in the bottle every time.
I find that blowing the bubbles is really easy and despite the low price, the quality of the solution is quite good, just a small blow and perfect bubbles are produced, these are long lasting i.e. don't burst as soon as they have left the wand and despite the head of the wand being quite small, I can create some quite big bubbles!
I think bubbles are great at encouraging play and also developing motor skills, from a young age, she used to try and blow these and after lots of practice, she finally got the hang of applying the right amount of solution to the wand and then blowing with right amount of air. Lauren does actually prefer me to blow the bubbles though so she can chase them around the garden.
Overall, I would recommend and give 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
I think one of the nicest things kids can play with in the garden are bubbles; we've had all sorts ranging from simple pendant sized bottles of bubbles to super-duper bubble machines on the shed roof, sending oodles of lovely bubbles across the garden. At the moment Hollie is using the Bubble Magic brand of bubbles, simply because I saw them priced up at 10p a bottle in our local 'cheap shop' so I stocked up to keep my youngest two children entertained during the Easter school holidays.
It's just basic bubble mixture, producing reasonably durable bubbles - and plenty of them. The mixture is slightly sticky feeling and has a soapier consistency than the Tesco own brand bubbles when it gets on your fingers, I suspect it would mark certain fabrics but luckily enough haven't had to test out that theory!
The bubble wand itself is loose in the bottle, which means soapy hands each time you use them - a quick disclaimer here, other Bubble Magic bubbles we've used have had the wand attached to the lid of the bottle so I think it'll probably depend on where you buy them as to which wand you get. I prefer the one that's attached to the lid personally as it makes blowing bubbles with kids much easier, the unattached wand means it's impossible for sixteen month old David to hold and blow his own bubbles - even Hollie, at four, finds it slipping from her grasp sometimes as the wand itself is pretty slim with not much handle shaping.
The hole you blow the bubbles through is just right, the bubbles come out perfectly shaped anyway although I'm not sure whether the hole in the wand really has anything to do with that! The bubble mixture clings well to the wand and there isn't too much dripping while the kids are blowing their bubbles; you can expect decent sized bubbles with a long slow blow, or lots of smaller ones if you tend to blow your bubbles with shorter puffs. The bubbles don't burst instantly upon landing but don't linger for long either once they've settled on a surface, you can scoop a bubble back up in the wand without popping it but show any hint of being heavy handed and they'll burst.
When I'm out in the garden with the kids we love blowing the bubbles into the air and watching them float away on the breeze, there's no more innocent pastime on a warm summers day than this - not that we've had many days like this so far this year!
In a local discount shop last year these were selling for 25p a 60ml tub which is an absolute bargain and while when using it I did think that the liquid could do with being a little thicker for the price it still represents excellent value. I'm a big fan of the Tesco bubble wand however these tubs are nice to take out with you if youu are going to the park as they are small enough to carry. My little one struggles a bit to blow bubbles however she can manage if you hold the stem of the bubble for her. What she does enjoy is if I blow the bubbles and she can toddle around popping and chasing them.
The packaging is functional and brightly coloured with a screw top that is sealed when you first come to use it, it does for a tight seal when you screw it back in place and this prevents and leakage. The wand itself is moulded into the lid so you cannot loose the lid while it is use, a bit different to the ones I remember having as a kid when the wand ended up getting covered in the mixture and was a pain to get access to.
The bubble mix is non toxic and it washes out of clothes easily. It does produce bubbles however they are not the biggest bubbles I have ever seen. On the plus side it is consistent and there is no loss of quality as you get to the bottom of the bottle.
My little one loves playing with bubbles, the bottle recommends the product for ages 3+ however my daughter is only just into her second year and she has some limited success using this, the one is a little fragile but it is well made enough to outlast the supply of mixture so that is not an issue.
These little tubs of bubble mix are cheap to buy and can provide a good deal of fun for children from the age of 3 onwards. I have found that the product containers are small enough for a young child to hold with a little help from mum and dad if needed, so as to prevent spills etc, but can be used by older children on their own. The bubble wand is slim and shaped so as to try to help maximize the bubble making possibilities that you have when using the bubble mixture. The cost of one of these small bubble tubs when I last bought one was just under 40p as I recall and was found in a small independent store. I feel that the price paid was ok, as it wasn't too expensive to buy a pot of this mixture at all. The display pack that held the bubble mix in store was very bright and attractive which is what led us towards our purchase as it caught the eye. I thought that the product container which came in a mix of bright red, orange, blue, green and pink options with a cute looking bunny on the wrap around label was very appealing to children and stood out well.
~Using the product~
The bubble tub had a simple screw type top with seal that required a little help from an adult to gain access to in the first instance and this seemed to open and close well enough once in the hands of an older child. I feel that younger children may need a hand with making sure the bubble mix container lid has been securely closed down after use, so as not to leak any used bubble mix. The lid of the bubble tub has the bubble wand set in to the inside of it which is very common with these types of products and this is 100% where I hoped and expected it would be, as the lid then makes a very easy to handle holder for the wand when it is in use. The bubble wand is a little flimsy which is something that can be the case with these types of products as they are generally thought of as being a one use product even though they can be refilled.
Making bubbles with the mix is easy enough as you simply dip the wand in to the mixture, pull it out when loaded with bubble mix and then blow through the bubble wand. One thing that can and does tend to happen from time to time is a few drips of bubble mix that end up on childrens clothing, furniture or the floor when this is in use. I feel that this is common with children using these types of mix, meaning that this was to be expected. I found that the bubble mix doesn't stain clothing in a permanent way if some of the mix has accidently dripped down on to it and washes out completely. In use I also found that when a bubble is created and then pops, there doesn't seem to a lot (if any) mess left from bubble liquid used to make the popped bubble. The thickness of the bubble mix was as I recall a little watery and reminded me of washing up liquid although the smell of the mixture wasn't too strong on the nose at all. The mix made an array of bubbles when used, some of which were better and longer lasting than others and great fun was had making bubbles of all sizes with the mixture. The bubble making ability of the mixture was similar to that of many other cheap to buy mixes I have bought in the past, with the mixture making a nice amount of bubbles over a period of around 20 minutes.
The bubble mix is meant to be non toxic which I feel is something worth checking out before buying such products as their intended use is for children. These small bubble tubs hold 60ml of bubble mix which in my opinion can provide enough fun for at least 20 minutes to half an hour of play time if used with care and not spilt. I found that these bubble mix tubs worked well enough and were great fun for children of a variety of ages to play around with and when comparing the product to other similar bubble making mixes I have bought in the past, I feel this one was fairly good value. My rating for this product is 4 stars as the mixture and container worked well enough and the price paid was reasonable.
Bubble Magic is a type of bubble tub produced by Henbrandt Limited.
The bubbles are suitable for children over the age of 3. Each bottle contains 60ml of bubble liquid which create colourful bubbles. They are ideal for childrens parties when making up party bags or for treats on days out.
The bubbles come in different coloured, plastic bottles. My bottle is red with a yellow, leak proof lid. The Bubble Magic bunny rabbit adorns the label alongside a colourful rainbow making it bright and pleasing to a child. Inside the bottle, a bubble wand is stuck to the lid. It is long, thin and green and reaches down to almost the bottom of the bottle. The end of the wand offers an O shaped hole which is ridged along the outer of it. The bottle holds the bubbly mixture and the wand should be dipped in to the bottle.
~~~Availability and Price~~~
A single, 60ml tub of Bubble Magic can be purchased in supermarkets and little corner shops at around 50p. If you are purchasing wholesale for a party, you can buy a multi box of 24 for £8.99 from Amazon.
My son is nearly 3 and since he was a baby, he has had an obsession with bubbles! We have sampled the really small tubs through to the big, massive wands that can be bought. Our latest purchase was a tub of Bubble Magic which my son spotted during a recent trip to a heritage park. I managed to snap up a bottle for only 40p which is a pretty good price.
The little red bottle is easy to grip even when hands get a little drippy from the mixture within. Thankfully the bottle isn't completely full so less chance of accidents happening as a child opens it. The wand is a reasonable length though the thiness of it allows it to feel a little flimsy. The bubbles have a slight, original washing up liquid smell and are rather watery as you would expect.
~~~I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles!~~~
Ryan is at the stage that he wants to do everything himself. Previously, I would hold and blow the bubbles allowing him to run around catching them. Now, I notice him watching what I do and asking to do it himself. I let him but tend to prefer to hold the bottle to avoid a spillage and him having a hairy about the mess! We don't have a garden so usually blow the bubbles inside or out on our balcony. We sometimes take them out with us to blow at the park and the seal does do its job, holding all the liquid inside without leakage.
If the bottle gets shook about, the mixture goes rather white and fluffy and in reality, this makes it very difficult to blow proper bubbles. In this instance, the white bubbles focus around the wand and make a mess and no bubbles are made. The liquid needs time to settle and go slightly flat before it can perform well. Dipping the wand into the bottle, we give it a swirl around and a quick tap on the edge to knock any excess liquid back into the bottle. This leads to less mess and therefore less wastage.
It takes very little effort to get the right amount of liquid on the wand but Ryan gets frustrated when he pulls it back out with nothing on it..precision is the key! You can see the liquid forming within the hole of the wand as it goes slightly coloured. Holding the wand on its side, the bubbles can now be blown. We have had mixed results and I suppose it depends on how much mixture you get on the wand.
Most of time, we are able to get a few, small bubbles floating off the wand and into the air. Inside they don't go far and tend to float randomly before dropping to the ground and bursting. Outside, the bubbles float away in the air and last a lot longer which Ryan likes. Sometimes, we only manage one bigger sized bubble but I can't get massive bubbles from this bottle no matter how hard I try which is quite disappointing as I usually blow huge bubbles!
No matter how big the bubbles are, they are very pretty and moreso outside when the light from the sun catches them. The reflections of colour within the crystal clear bubble are very beautiful and attractive. As the light bounces off the bubbles, stunning glimses of purple, green, pink and blue are captured and where several bubbles have been released at once, it creates quite a show. There is nothing prettier than seeing lovely bubbles floating through the air and these ones are no exception.
The bubbles are of a decent quality despite not producing massive sizes or massive amounts at any one time. They don't instantly burst as they make contact with the air and float around gently before making contact with skin or surface and bursting leaving a little wet patch so care must be taken on slippy surfaces. I have had a few bursting on mine and Ryans sensitive skin and there has been no harsh reactions to the bubble mixture. It isn't all that messy providing the excess mixture is dripped back into the bottle before moving the wand.
Although we have only used these regularly for the past 3days, there is lots left so we will have more fun to come. Ryan loves jumping around attempting to catch and burst these bubbles and he giggles like you couldn't imagine. Its is very fun to watch and gets him active and tires him out at the same time. These bubbles are ideal for party bags and had I not already purchased Thomas the Tank bubbles for Ryans party, I would have bought a few more bottles of this for the party bags.
Thanks for reading x
Any mother will know that not only is the venue and food very important to a child's birthday party, but the party bag is the thing that will keep the child taking about said party for weeks to come, with one party we went to being so dire with the food offered and the fact you only got a chew and a balloon in the party bag actually making the kids think twice about attending that child's party again! (I know very mercenary, but try and explain that to a five year old!).
After buying my son's party bag treats for his one and only party (he gets a bit embarrassed with people looking at him!) I decided the best route to go!
The product I will now review is - "Bubble, magic bubbles".
We always seem to have bubble mixture in the house, as my son pointed out (and rightly so!) that Mummy's own mixture doesn't really work (I had no glycerine to hand!).
Bubble's and the blowing of them seem to entertain my children for hours, with them eventually getting bored of the actual blowing part, and preferring for me to make them, so they can pop them!
These I spotted in a cheap shop in my local town (the one's that you know hold's some bargains, but you have to sort through the tat to find it!), with them being sold for around the 20p mark at the time (but may well have gone up since then!).
These I considered were the ideal party bag, looking the part ( a small generic looking bubble tub, with screw lid) and brightly coloured, many different, but all with the obligatory "bunny" on the front surrounded with mounds of bubbles, though in fairness this probably wouldn't have even been looked at by the kids, they would have been more desperate to whip the lid off to have a go!
Each tub holds 60ml of bubble mixture, with the wand being separate inside of the tub. The mixture is non-toxic, but I would imagine wouldn't taste very nice, so any potential "sippers" wouldn't be able to get much down in the first place!
I have to bully my kids to go outside with these as I have laminate flooring, and the combination of droplets of bubble mixture and highly polished wood is never going to be a good combination, though I do occasionally let the blow them in the bath too!
The bubbles made with this mixture are good enough to last for a few seconds, just enough time to allow the child to reach it and then pop it, with them being easy enough to blow too, though when it is my turn I do tend to get them get the wand out for me, though there is a finger hole for the child to hold it, I certainly am not able to fit my fat fingers into it!
This is a nice enough (and cheap!) treat or party bag filler, that any child would be happy to receive, though do make sure they go outside before using!
Availability (as far as I can gather) is Tesco's, or in my case look around the cheaper shops.
Thanks for reading x
My daughter has found bubbles fascinating from a very young age. Recently she has been suffering with chicken pox and feeling very sorry for herself so I got the little tub of bubbles out again and it was a great way to distract her from her discomfort and to make her laugh.
You do forget just how much joy you can get out of something which is relatively simple. I do remember when I was little having fun for hours with bubbles and now I'm still favourable of these traditional style bubbles which you blow yourself from a little plastic pot instead of the big bubble machines that you can get which aren't anywhere near as messy or exciting!
=== The tub ===
They come in a plastic tub about 6 inches tall so it's a good size for small hands to get a good grip on. The label on the front shows a rabbit dressed up as a magician suggesting that these bubbles are magic! The lid is a flip up lid which is a little stiff so when this bottle is very full and you flip it up do try to keep it as still as possible else it is easy to spill some in that initial opening as the bottle gives a little. The bottle is a firm plastic so it can't be squeezed which is a good thing as it means that your little one can't spill any by holding it too tightly. The lid can be a little irritating and keep falling down when you're trying to get the wand out and so you can get a bit messy but i think it is best that it is still attached to the bottle so it doesn't get lost unlike with screw caps which can get lost and also be a choking hazard.
=== Using the bubbles ===
Inside the tube is a wand which is long enough to reach right to the bottom of the tub. It is round at the end for the bubble mixture to gather in and you have a little loop at the top for your fingers. When you dip the wand into the bubble mixture you can sometimes get a little bit messy especially if your bubble mixture is running low so you have to go right in to get some out. This is a design feature that I remember from my childhood- there's nothing quite like blowing bubbles without getting some mixture dripping down your fingers!
To create the bubbles you simply blow gently and hey presto! Bubbles! If you have a lot of bubble mixture in your wand it can drip a bit and roll down your fingers again being messy but it is all part of the fun!
=== Garden or inside? ===
We usually use these inside. It can make the floor a little wet as bubbles land and pop so do be careful that if you have wooden floors that you do wipe it up so you avoid any slipping. They can be used inside or outside though. It's great if you use them in the garden as it means that you don't have to worry about them being spilt or lots of drips going everywhere! They also look very effective outside as the sun catches them.
=== Entertainment value ===
These definitely do create entertainment that's for sure! When Hope was tiny she would lie and watch them mesmerised by the colours and the way they moved. Now that she is a toddler she has great fun learning how to blow the bubbles all by herself. This is quite an educational journey for her too as she learns to hold a bottle still and straight with one hand and navigate the wand into the bottle with the other. She has learnt to blow gently and to not let the wand touch her lips in order to get the bubbles to blow properly. It has only taken a few explainations and demonstrations for her to understand it and it's great to see that she has learnt it so quickly.
The bubbles are not only entertaining and rewarding to create but also really very entertaining to play with. Hope likes to chase them and try to pop as many as she can when they come away from the wand. She also gets very excited and amused if they land on her or if an extra large one is created.
=== My opinion ===
I have really enjoyed watching the amusement and sheer amazement that has been on Hope's face when these bubbles are around. From when she was about 3 months old she was fascinated by them and now she is running around and a cheeky 2 year old she enjoys chasing them and popping them.
I know you can buy better quality ones which do fancy things like have different shaped bubbles or longer wands so it's less messy but i like these very simple ones. There is nothing wrong with getting a few sticky fingers when you're a child and you're having fun or when you're an adult having fun for that matter! They may be very cheap and the bottle may not be the best in design but they make fantastic little sources of entertainment so you really can't complain.
We bought our bubbles from Tesco and they cost about 60p so they would be a great little present to put in a party bag too! You can buy various coloured bottles too so you can pick and choose whichever design you'd like depending.
Bubbles are a great way to entertain children. Hope enjoys either playing with them so trying to catch them and chase them as well as learning how to blow them for herself and she is always so impressed and pleased with herself when she manages to do it without any problems. You can also try and use bubbles to educate about numbers too as you can try to count how many you make each time. It is a good way to develop hand/eye coordination too as your child learns to dip the wand into the bottle without spilling the contents.
A bottle lasts quite a while. We use it for about 10 minutes at a time and it lasts several weeks although now that Hope likes to try and do it all by herself we have had a few spillages so I doubt it will last as long in the future.
This is a great, simple item which can keep your child amused and your baby amazed for some time either inside or outside!