A Midsummers Day’s Fun

August 6, 2019 8 Comments

We are smack dab in the middle of our summer. We did not get out of school until June 27 this year and just like that, it was July. We are now at August 5th and school starts again September 4th.

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First Half of Summer 2019

It has been a busy, active, playful summer. Here is a collection of the fun we’ve had for the past 5 weeks.

We Always Have a Project!

Along with indoor and outdoor activities, we have a lot of projects in the works. We make calendars every year as gifts at Christmas for family and other special people. We have an art project for each month and almost always have parts of several months in process. So far this summer, we’ve painted toilet paper tubes, cut out paper “quilt” pieces, tie-dyed extra fabric and we’ve taken a ton of photos to share. At the mid point of our summer, we spent an afternoon making rainbow hued papers.

Bubble Art

We had such a fun time together with this one… bubbles and color and sharing. We made pages and pages of colorful art for our calendar project.

What you need:

  • Empty plastic drink bottles (as many for the number of colors you want to use. We had 8 colors)
  • Tape that will withstand an hour or so in liquid (we used duct tape)
  • Some kind of mesh (we used mesh from the bags of satsuma or mandarin oranges that I’ve been saving)
  • Paper
  • Bubbles (I got a giant bottle since we were dividing it into 8 different colors)
  • Food coloring (we used gel food coloring as it gives a more concentrated vibrant color).

Cut off the bottom of the drink bottle and tape a piece of mesh over the bottom hole.

Add bubbles and food coloring to containers that will accommodate the width of the plastic bottle.

Dip the mesh into the colored bubbles and blow through the mouth of the bottle. Get the bubbles to land on the paper you are using.

I’ve learned to use large spaces for our projects so my busy, intense kids don’t bash into each other, so we did it on the lawn. You could do this inside, though make sure your surface is covered as the moisture, color and all, bleeds through the paper and will likely stain what is underneath.

BIG warning. Make sure as you inhale to get ready to blow, that the mouth of the bottle is not on your lips already. It is possible to inhale a bit of the bubble mixture into your mouth and it tastes NASTY!!!!! Talk about washing your mouth out with soap!!!!!

We used heavier card stock paper for this, but it dried very quickly. We had a little fun with the breeze that came up as it blew our bubbles everywhere except onto the papers. The kids started working in teams to determine the direction of the breeze and to help hold papers in the right place to catch the bubbles. That was a delightful turn of cooperation that this mama loved seeing!

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This page will be May for our calendars and I am printing out little headshots of the each kid that we will laminate to simulate tiny, shiny bubbles to add to the page. Happy May springtime colors!

The Rest of the Summer

That is a month’s worth of our summer so far with a bright project to bookmark the half-way point. We have more summer fun coming up, so stay tuned!

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8 Comments

  1. Reply

    Michelle

    August 11, 2019

    School for us starts tomorrow! 😯 It looks like you all have had a great summer! This is such a cute and fun project! Enjoy the rest of your summer. 😀

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      Karla

      August 11, 2019

      Thanks, Michelle. Have fun with back to school!!!!

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    Jane

    August 9, 2019

    What a cool idea for the kids! It’s definitely a fun & creative project!

    • Reply

      Karla

      August 11, 2019

      SOoooooooo much fun!

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    judean

    August 8, 2019

    this is super cool! Thanks for giving step by step instructions!

    • Reply

      Karla

      August 8, 2019

      You are very welcome! It is fun and gorgeous! 🙂

  4. Reply

    Darlene

    August 8, 2019

    What a FUN project!!

    • Reply

      Karla

      August 8, 2019

      Yes, yes, yes!

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