Its seems the rest of the country has started back to school but my kids don't start until next week. We've had such a fun summer together so I'm a little sad to have them starting school again (okay, lets be honest, super sad). My kids are at an age where they play so nicely together for hours on end. It's so fun to see them be such good friends. I had a whole list of boredom busters to keep them busy this summer but with my kids entertaining each other we hardly touched the list. But that's the way it should be, isn't it? Good old fashioned imaginative play, outdoors, and fresh air.
A favorite activity that we did enjoy several times though was making giant bubbles. After a disappointing morning of swimming lessons being canceled last minute we headed over to the library and were fortunate to catch a show from The Bubble Man. It's amazing the things you can do with some soapy solution and air. My kids loved it! The Bubble Man was nice enough to share his bubble recipe and my kids were anxious to try it. We created all kinds of bubble wands to try out in our solution but the giant bubbles were definitely a favorite.
Just a couple of dowels, some thin rope, and a washer and we were ready to go.
To make the bubble wands I picked up a bag of dowels at the craft store and screwed an eyelet into the top of each one.
I then tied about an 18 inch piece across the top and then a second longer piece (about 3 feet) as well. There's also a washer strung through the second piece to weigh it down a bit. Can you see it at the bottom of the rope hiding in the grass? The first time I made the bubble wands I used yarn, which worked great . . . until it turned into a big tangled mess. I decided to invest in some thin rope which worked so much better for avoiding tangles. Don't worry that much about the length of the rope. It doesn't matter too much. Just make sure there's a shorter piece at the top and a longer one underneath.
Here's a few more big ones!
So much fun!
And here's the famous bubble recipe. Simply mix the three ingredients together and you're ready for some serious bubble fun! (Glycerin can be found at any pharmacy. I got ours in the pharmacy section of our local grocery store.)