I can think of few things that bring out the kid in all of us more than bubbles. What is it about soapy water that is so much fun? As the dog days of summer beckon, here are a few water related activities you and your children can enjoy throughout the warm weather season.
1. Water painting. This is a great activity for keeping little ones occupied. All you need is a bucket of water and some paintbrushes of various sizes. Add a few drops of food coloring and let the kids “paint” to their hearts content. They can paint the sidewalks, steps, driveway. So what if they get wet or spill the “paint” – it’s only water.
2. How about making your own bubble wands and bubble solution? It’s easy to bend wire into wands for blowing bubbles of all sizes. And Red Ted Art has a great recipe for soap bubble solution: Easy as 1…2…3
Gently mix together: 1 liter (1/5 gallon) of hot water, 1C good quality liquid soap, 2-4 T glycerin (this makes the bubbles thicker and longer lasting and is available at craft stores or supermarkets). Gently stir and leave overnight. The longer you let it set, the better the bubbles will be. If you’re using it for a party, make it a couple days ahead.
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3. Put on your bathing suits and have a Water Balloon Fight. You can get a bag of water balloons at most Dollar Stores. Fill them with water, and once you have a pile, have a blast (pun intended).