I have a couple of fun recipes and ideas to share with you for some summer fun!
First is my recipe for...
The Best Homemade Bubble Juice
1 cup blue Dawn Ultra dishwashing soap (it absolutely has to be this brand)
1/4 cup glycerine (found in the first aid section of most drug stores)
12 cups water
Mix together (I use a mop bucket) and let sit overnight. Pour into shallow containers when ready to use (like a pie plate). I store mine in tupperware pitchers that seal tightly, so when I'm ready to use, I can pour it easily. Don't worry if you can't use it all in one afternoon...it gets better with time! This makes a TON of bubble juice; you might need to half the recipe. It's great for an outside party or a lazy summer afternoon.
Earlier in the summer, I bought some big bubble wands at the dollar store. They're perfect to use with this bubble juice. However, this is what they look like now.
When my kids cry over something from the dollar store that breaks, I remind them that it's because it's cheap. I looked for more wands last week at both Target and Walmart and couldn't find them. *frown*
Actually though, I got this recipe for Bubble Juice with in this kit that included a ginormous bubble wand. Check it out below! This picture is a few years old, but wowza...that is one big bubble!
Another fun summer treat we enjoy is homemade popsicles. You can buy popsicle molds at Target and Walmart (couldn't find the bubble wands, but they did have popsicle molds!). We make 'em with grape juice, orange juice, gatorade, lemonade, and anything else you can think of. My favorite kind to make though are smoothie pops. We make fruit smoothies almost every morning for breakfast, and I try to make enough extra to freeze for popsicles. It's my favorite mid-afternoon treat!
I don't know about your family, but we eat TONS of berries in the summertime.
Strawberries and blueberries are usually packaged in #6 plastic containers, which can be re-purposed to make shrinky dinks. Here's a link with directions. We've done this a few times, and our shrinky dinks have yet to come out flat...I don't know if we're doing something wrong. I still think they turned out cute!
I think we're going to use these to make a charm bracelet for Abbey.