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!