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Summer Fun: Rainbow Bubble Snakes

My 6 year old and his cousin are all about crafts this summer – I’m particularly fond of those that take them outdoors, and use inexpensive ingredients and supplies that I already have in the kitchen. I came across this bubble making technique that utilizes old water bottles and spare socks – both which I have a surplus of. They came together in minutes and provided hours of entertainment – exactly the kind of simple summertime project I’m always on the lookout for.


To make rainbow bubble snakes you’ll need bottles – water, pop, or whatever you have – small or large (or both) and spare socks. Cut the bottom end off each bottle and cover it with a sock, pulling it up tight so that the toe of the sock is stretched across the bottom (we cut the ankle part off to make it easier), securing it with a rubber band or duct tape.

In a shallow bowl or bucket, make a solution of dishsoap and water – I used about 2 Tbsp. soap to a cup or two of water, and swish it gently around to mix.

Dip the sock end into the soap, then blow through the mouth of the bottle, and voila – long, swirly bubble snakes kids of all ages adore. Thanks to Housing a Forest for this idea – and for suggesting dropping food coloring on the sock before blowing bubbles for brilliant rainbow snakes – that part was a hit.

Warning: if you pull out the food coloring, make sure the kids are wearing old clothes, and blow your bubbles on the grass to avoid staining your deck or patio furniture!

Happy summer!

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