Crayola’s mad scientists have blended what they do best—coloring—with one of kid’s favorite outdoor toys—bubbles! Yes, Crayola has invented an affordable colored bubble solution. We mention AFFORDABLE because in 2009 an independent company introduced Zubbles colored bubbles to the market. These bubbles are reported to be a great product, but at $4 per ounce, they are a little pricey for most families. (This Examiner’s kid can burn through four ounces of bubbles in one session!)
Early reviews through Amazon’s site were pretty bad for Crayola’s new bubbles. But are they being fair? Or even realistic?
St. Louis Motherhood’s review:
The bubbles come in a “no drip” container, with a rubber flap in the top to prevent the bubble solution from spilling easily. We’re not convinced this really helps, since the product still slopped down the container and onto our hands.
We picked up a bottle of orange bubbles–$2.50 for a four ounce container at Michael’s. The testers wore old clothes, due to the warning of serious staining potential from Amazon user reviews, which proved to be overblown–excuse the pun! The first tester, a 12-year-old boy, stood in the middle of the yard and blew the bubbles. The results…moderately orange bubbles that seems a little heavier than standard bubbles. The bubbles left orange spots on the grass, but nothing to complain about.
The bubble solution left orange spots on the testers where they popped or dripped. These were VERY EASY to wash off with soap and water and we did not have to scrub harshly as some Amazon users implied. The testers purposely smeared orange solution on a pair of jeans, which washed off with normal laundry detergent, even though the pants were left until the next day to wash.
The nearly four-year-old tester enjoyed watching the bubbles, but was too distressed about the orange color on his hands when he held the wand. Children who enjoy a good mess might find them more enjoyable.
The bubbles did leave a large mess on the patio—mainly because they had been transferred to a tray so a larger bubble wand could be used. This mess mostly dissappeared with plain water from a garden hose and no soap. The solution washed completely from non-porous services (a patio table, smooth concrete and a metal support) but did slightly stain the rough concrete patio.
The bubbles were interesting but not as intensely colored as the commericial would suggest. They are messy, but it’s the same kind of mess you have with finger painting or art projects. They make an interesting novelity toy and are perfectly safe to play with outdoors. If you have a kid who enjoys playing bubbles a lot, sticking with “normal” bubbles will be cheaper and cleaner.