Family Time Calendar: Bubble Art

'Tis the season for blowing bubbles. It's a great outdoor activity, because the sticky bubble solution ends up on the grass or sidewalk, not on your carpet. Sticky hands and feet can be rinsed off with a garden hose before they even touch a screen door.

 

Take bubble blowing one step further and let the kids turn bubbles into a work of art, pretty enough to frame.

 

What you'll need:

  • Bubble solution, either store bought or homemade (see "recipe" below)
  • Food coloring or tempera paint
  • Paper
  • Straws
  • Masking tape
  • Clean disposable containers (such as plastic takeout bowls, aluminum trays, etc.)

 

What you'll do:

  • In a disposable container, combine bubble solution with a few drops of food coloring or tempera paint, until the solution is tinted to the desired shade.
  • Tape together several drinking straws. Let the kids blow gently into the tinted bubble solution (for best results, don't let the straws touch the bottom of the container) until the top is filled with a layer of bubbles.
  • Quickly place a sheet of paper over the bubbles. When you remove it, you will see a colored pattern of bubble circles.
  • If desired, the kids can start over with a different color for the bubble solution to make a multicolored design.
  • To make your own bubble solution, mix a quarter cup of Joy dishwashing detergent (it contains the most glycerin, which makes the bubbles "stronger") with half a cup of water. Add a few drops of corn syrup to make the solution last longer.

 

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