When I think about summer I think about the smell of sunscreen, playing outside all day, eating endless watermelon and popsicles and bubbles. My kids love bubbles. It will occupy them for hours. At the beginning of every summer, I buy bottles of bubbles and usually after a few days, they end up getting spilled all over the deck. Using only 3 ingredients that you probably already have at home, you can whip up a big batch of this easy homemade bubble solution with my recipe below. I’m also sharing how to make your own bubble wands.
(For more summer activities and ideas be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post and check out some other of my blogger friends I’ve teamed up with!)
Easy Homemade Bubble Solution
6 cups of water
2 cups of dish soap
3/4 cup of corn syrup, glycerine or sugar
In a large gallon jug, pour the water, dish soap and corn syrup (or glycerin or sugar) stirring until well combined. Let it sit overnight.
Pour into separate smaller bottles or set up a large bubble station outside with some bubble wands (showing you how to make your own below)
Homemade Bubble Wands
You will need:
pipe cleaners or a thick wire
scissors or wire cutters
This is a great activity for your kids to do on their own. I made a few wands ahead of time and laid them out to show as an example. You may need to be close by to help with the cutting.
Tip – I found that a thick wire (old wire hangers are great!) work better than the pipe cleaners. Eventually the pipe cleaners got soggy from the bubbles and didn’t hold up as well.
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Spring is here and I don’t know about your littles, but mine are growing at warp speed and need some new spring basics. I’ve rounded up the best of toddler girl and boy clothes from Old Navy and H&M (Those are my two faves for kids clothes).
As always, click the smaller thumbnail photos to shop 🙂
No doubt we’re experiencing some strange and uncertain times with the COVID-19 pandemic. Families are now spending alot of time together and you may be wondering how you’re going to keep your kids entertained while you’re social distancing.
Here’s a list of 15 things to do with your kids while you’re social distancing:
Make photo albums – this is a great opportunity to go through all the photos on your phone and actually make a photo album. I like to use the Motif Photo App and do it right from your phone or Shutterfly.
Have a “yes” day – I saw this idea awhile ago from Jennifer Garner. It’s one day where no matter what the kids ask, the answer is “yes”, within reason obviously. Ice cream for breakfast? Yes. Staying up late? Yes. Wear their pajamas all day and don’t have to brush their teeth? Yes.
Take your kids to the zoo – the virtual zoo that is. The Cincinnati Zoo will be live streaming some of their animals and exhibits on Facebook Live every week day at 3pm.Click here to head to their facebook page.
Camp-out in the living room – Get out all your blankets and pillows and make teepees in the living room. Even better if you have a fireplace and can have an actual fire. Tell ghost stories, play games and make s’mores!
Put on a performance – have your kids put together a dance recital or play complete with costumes.
Go on a nature scavenger hunt in the yard or at the park – find something soft, something yellow, something wet, etc.
Pretend to travel to another country – Have the kids pick a country and then make that day all about their culture. For example, if they choose France. Make macaroons, and build the Eiffel Tower out of legos or magna tiles. If they choose Ireland, play some Celtic music, watch RiverDance and bake Irish soda bread. It will give the kids a feeling of being somewhere else.
Pizza contest – everyone makes a specialty pizza and try one of each and see who’s was the best.
Make sensory dough – This is one of my favorite recipes to make your own play dough. It smells yummy and is completely edible!
Write letters – write some letters or cards and send them to a local nursing home or arrange to do penpals with some of their friends.
Go for a family bike ride – Head to the park or bike path and go for a nice family bike ride.
Have a backwards day – wear your clothes backwards, they have to walk backwards, you get the point
Do some spring cleaning – write down some things that you need to be cleaned or tidied up around the house that the kids can do. Put them in a hat and have each child pick one thing. Then set a timer for 15 minutes, play some loud music and they have to get it done in that time
Make shirts – make some crazy shirts with tie-dye or puffy paint
Have a Disney day – Watch movies on Disney Plus, play Disney games. You can even go on Youtube and virtually experience the rides.
I for one am looking forward to some slower moments with my loved ones and getting back to simpler times.
What are some ideas you have to keep your little ones busy?