Whether we make them with wands or when we’re washing dishes, kids adore bubbles. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy or fun for adults to make them. We have always had hit and miss success with bubble wands and makers, often leading to disappointed kids and frustrated parents. So, I met my review opportunity for Gazillion Bubbles with cautioned excitement.
The first one we tried was the Incredibubble Wand, promising huge bubbles with just a wand and tray. Initially, it was difficult to get the bubbles to form. After a few tries, we took the cardboard insert out of the tray. In no time, the kids were chasing bubbles bigger than they’d ever seen. My husband and I even ooh’d and ahh’d over the gigantic bubbles that the wand created.
Proper use of the wand took a bit of getting used to, but it was as easy or easier than other wands we’ve played with, only these bubbles were huge! One sweep through the air would produce one to three of the largest bubbles, while blowing through the wand would produce six or more medium-large bubbles.
Gazillion Bubbles Flyer
My preschooler was especially excited about this one. With some practice, he was able to push the Flyer onto the spring-covered launcher, hold the trigger and lock the airplane on. A button on the back primes the multiple small bubble wands attached to the back of the plane. Pull the trigger, and watch the airplane and bubbles fly!
My kids were much more fascinated with making the airplane fly than with watching the bubble trail behind it. They weren’t sure whether to pop the bubbles or catch the plane! This was kind of a good thing, because this was the least impressive of the three we tried. While bubbles did usually appear, it was around ten or so- fun, but not fascinating. In any case, they had a blast with the toy, regardless of the intent.
Gazillion Bubbles Rocket
After the airplane had less than impressive results, we made the rocket flying the exciting thing for the kids in case the bubbles didn’t do much. Boy, were we surprised! Assembly was intuitive, with a foot pump attached by tubes to a base. The bubbles go in the bottom of the base, and you simply press the rocket into the bubbles when you put it on the base. Stomp on the pump, and up it goes, leaving a huge trail of bubbles behind.
The fun doesn’t have to stop there, a few shakes of the rocket once you catch or retrieve it, and the bubbles just keep coming. It was a bit difficult for my little guys to stomp hard enough to get the rocket to really fly, but they enjoyed trying and then shaking the bubbles out.
Careful– if you stomp too hard, the rocket will really fly, but the bubbles won’t be as impressive. Once decent stomp and you’re in good shape.
Pros and Cons
While “playing bubbles” is usually a dreaded game for mom and dad in our household, we found ourselves actually enjoying the playtime with the Gazillion Bubbles products. Frustration was minimal, since the bubbles were either working as intended or the toys were a fun distraction. The amount and size of the bubbles was impressive for everyone from baby to grownup.
A definite drawback is the amount of bubble solution that the wand and toys take up. After just a few days of playing with them on lunch breaks and after dinner, we were out of solution. A homemade substitute was not an equal replacement, so plan to buy extra solution when you purchase your bubble toys.
All in all, the Gazillion Bubbles products, which you can follow on Twitter, are a fun addition to our summer toys and a welcome change in pace for family time. If your kids like bubbles, give Gazillion Bubbles a shot. They are a welcome break in the frustrating monotony of traditional bubble wands.
See how to win Gazillion Bubbles for yourself from Untrained Housewife.
For added fun, Gazillion Bubbles is hosting the “Ultimate Gazillion Bubbles Photo Contest.” Once you’ve gotten your bubble toys, snap a few pictures and enter them to win one of the $250 Toys R Us gift cards or the grand prize of a $1000 Toys R Us gift card.