Thursday, March 11, 2010
Cheap Homemade Bubble Blowers
Spring is right around the corner. For those of you who have dealt with a harsh winter, there's nothing like being able to open the windows and let a bit of somewhat warm air circulate in the house.
If you're like us and are dying to get outside for some playtime, use these last few colder weeks to make some bubble blowers. Both of my kids love them and they do induce a lot of giggles.
I saw the idea in Family Fun magazine a few months ago. They are super easy to make and can be used outside or in the bathtub. I'm going to have our playgroup make them when we do an Earth Day activity at our house. That's another idea - you could file this away and bring it back out for a recycling lesson on Earth Day.
Project: Bubble blower
Time: Between 5-10 minutes
Cost: Less than $3 if using items on hand.
1 plastic water bottle
1 wash cloth
1 or 2 rubber bands
1 bowl of soapy bubbles
Cut the bottom off the water bottle. Attach a wash cloth to the opening using a rubber band. We had to double up because the wash cloth got so heavy after it was wet. If you use a lighter material, you probably just need 1 rubberband. If needed, trim the edges of the cloth to make it lighter. Just make sure there is no opening between the cloth and the sides of the bottle or the bubbles won't really work.
Dip the cloth into a bowl of soapy bubble water and blow through the top. This won't blow big round bubbles, but make more of a bubble 'snake.' Increase the fun by adding colors to the water or having the kids race to see whose snake grows the fastest. Happy Homeschooling!