Blowing bubbles is high on my list of life's simple pleasures. It's relaxing fun that turns any family get-together into a party. So why not take a big container of this homemade bubble brew to your Labor Day picnic for a bubble-blowing fest and contest that all ages will love. Challenge kids to make the biggest, tiniest and longest-lasting bubble.
Before you leave for the picnic, scout around the house to find unique bubble makers -- from fly swatters and plastic six-pack rings to strainers and straws. Gather them and you'll soon be swimming in custom-made bubbles.
WHAT TO GATHER TO MAKE BUBBLE SOLUTION:
1 large plastic bowl
2 cups warm water
1 cup dishwashing detergent
2 tablespoons glycerin (from the pharmacy)
WHAT TO DO TO MAKE BUBBLE SOLUTION:
Pour water in the bowl. Measure out and add the liquid detergent. (Note: Make sure it's not detergent for dishwashers.) Stir.
Add the glycerin and stir a little more.
Pull out your junk box and kitchen utensil drawer and open your cupboards. Then say to your kids, "Everyone find a thing or two that isn't sharp, won't get soggy in water and has lots of holes in it."
For example, spatulas, biscuit cutters, plastic strawberry cartons and plastic caps with small holes on spice jars. To create wand handles, attach the objects to clothespins or chip bag clips.
You also may make your own bubbler by twisting thin wire into a shape,
Go outside, choose a bubble maker, dip it in the soapy solution and gently blow through it or grandly wave it back and forth above your head while the bubbles fly.
Donna Erickson's award-winning series "Donna's Day" is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit donnasday.com and link to the Donna's Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is "Donna Erickson's Fabulous Funstuff for Families."