We found this awesome activity on Pinterest from housingaforest.com and I just knew bubble snakes would be a huge hit at my house, as well as tie into our home lesson.
We are playing with colors in our group on Tuesdays (I will add the whole unit at one time on that), and seeing as my twins have known their colors for quite some time I decided to teach them about mixing colors, and this activity fit the bill…or it should have, anyway.
The project itself is super simple. Cut the end off of a twenty oz. bottle, retaining the top ‘mouth’ part. Perhaps you could use the bottom in another project. Use a rubber band, tape…whatever to adhere a sock or dish towel around the cut end. Mix a bit of water with dish soap in a container big enough put the sock in into. Tada….your bubble snake blower and solution is made!
I used a sort of winter house sock and it worked beautifully. I just trimmed off the cuff part, putting the foot/toe over my bottle. I thought it might be kinda gross to use a used sock…but it was clean. I’ve seen them put much nastier things than a washed sock directly in their mouths! I didn’t, however, use the already cut soda bottle piece from my gnat killing experiment...even though it looks like I did. We just like Sprite. I also wanted to work on taking turns and supporting one another, so we only made one (at first).
For the color mixing part my intention was to put two colors of food color at a time on the sock, then when they blew the bubbles would come out the mixed color (i.e. blue and yellow would come out green), but I didn’t have liquid food color in any color but yellow. I used the gel color I had on hand but that just didn’t do well. Notice the red on our hands and blue on our britches? Well, on my daughters anyway…before a photo shoot I’m gonna have to remember not to let my boy run around in his underwear!!
I put my camera down at one point so that I could take my turn, and my daughter wanted to take a pic. Why not? Well, for one, of course I’d be sitting down wind and my snake would blow into my face…just when she snapped the pic! She’s proud of her funny picture, though, so I’ll show you a close up of my wrinkles…
I’m going to make a confession. I ran out of dishwasher detergent and my mom said, “You could just put in a few drops of Dawn…” I thought, “Yeah. A few drops of Dawn. Just a little.” So that’s how this really started! I maybe put a few extra and maybe bubbles were pouring out of my dishwasher. Maybe. My husband can never prove it. It would only be a big deal because we had a water leak under the kitchen last year so he’s gone mad trying to keep everything as dry as the desert…Anyway, it was just rolling out the door and I have to tell you that I sort of figured it would happen, so already had a towel there…(yes, sometimes I just DO NOT want to wash the dishes that much) and the kids were scooping up the suds as fast as they came out….So that’s what made me think, “We’re going to do that bubble snake thing today!”
My daughter was more into actually blowing the snakes. My son had an obsession that day with a plastic pirate hook so he was more interested in breaking up the piles of bubbles. And cutting off the long snakes before they actually got long. And getting the bubbles off my daughters feet when she decided to make bubble shoes. I can’t believe how much focus she gave that! My mother-in-law called just as we were winding it down (my son insisted we save some for their older brother who was in school…cause you know, I had to make them think there wasn’t an entire bottle of dish soap or it would’ve never been over) and while I chatted with her my daughter was out on the front porch washing her arm pits LOL! So, she had already been in the bath before we got it all out again later. Pretty soon after my oldest got home their cousin came over and she got to play, too! We made the mistake of letting them alone and the girls decided to wash their hair…did I mention she has butt length hair? I’m glad I’m not the one who got to wash it out! But it did get me thinking….we are probably going to have to do this with bath soap in the tub. Maybe we can play with colors then!