Sometimes the joy of receiving new presents lasts for days, even weeks! The new toy captures your child's attention and they are happily occupied figuring out new ways to play with their new stuff. Other times, not so much. The novelty fades quickly and you're left pointing at brand spanking new toys saying "What about your new such and such? Don't you want to play with that?". Either way, if you're looking for a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to add a little fun to your day, check out these two super easy "crafts". I use the term loosely since they aren't crafts in the traditional sense of the word, but you are creating something together nonetheless. First, grab some bubbles. Don't have any lying around? Don't worry, follow this easy recipe to make your own:
Best Homemade Bubble Solution
1 cup water 2 tablespoons light karo syrup or 2 tablespoons glycerin 4 tablespoons dishwashing liquid
Mix together and have fun!
Did you know you can make your own colored bubbles? Keep in mind if you're using the colored ones inside to keep them away from any household surfaces that might get stained from the food coloring.
Homemade Colored Bubbles
1 cup granulated soap or soap powder 1 quart warm water Liquid food coloring
Just use some plastic straws to blow the bubbles or create a bubble wand out of a pipe cleaner if you don't have a bubble wand.
Now that you have the solution, head outside for the real fun. Did you know that you can freeze bubbles? These chilly temperatures are perfect for this fun experiment. Any day that dips below 32 degrees is perfect, just blow a bubble, catch it on your wand and it forms a crystal ball before it shatters!
- Glowing bubbles! After making your own crystal balls, head indoors and turn out the lights for some bubble fun! This part of the craft takes a little bit of work from you. Carefully cut open a few glow sticks/wands and carefully pour the glowing solution into your bubble solution, turn of the lights and voila! Glowing bubbles!
- Your kids can make their own beautiful bubble art using the colored bubble solution recipe above. Simply make up a few different colored solutions and have the kids blow the bubbles directly onto the paper and pop them to make the print!
Stay tuned to Mamatoga all week for more fun ideas on what to do with the kids during School Break, and we'll be updating our School Break Survival Guide all week to include activities going on around town! If you're looking for something fun to do, go vote on our Mamatoga Moms and Kids Choice Awards 2011! Voting closes SOON!