The Fourth of July at the beach is great! And, just like in the rest of the nation, some serious red, white, and blue action is going down! It starts early in the day with the kick-off red, white, and blue parade. The kiddies dress themselves, their bikes, their dogs – and just about anything else you can think of – in the colors of the day! Once the evening arrives, a magnificent display of fireworks is the crowning glory of these patriotic hues.
The relaxed vibe at the beach makes it easy to create – most times using items found on the beach. A classic example is the crab catcher. This handy item is crafted from an old wooden clothespin and some string. When baited with whatever scrap of meat or meat related product can be salvaged, it works its magic!
Another handy item for the beach is a bubble maker aka bubble wand. For the holiday, this can be a fun patriotic craft! Using some dish detergent (1 tablespoon dish liquid per 1 cup water) and some homemade bubble wands, it is super simple to create some fun in the sand. Running along the beach after bubbles can keep the young (or young at heart) occupied for hours!
Bubble wands are easy to make using pipe cleaners and driftwood. They can be decorated with shells, scraps of ribbon, or any other number of items washed up on shore. Some crafters take time for elaborate decorations. while others work fast; anxious to get to the bubble part! (Yes, the star shapes do work to make bubbles, but are much more complicated for young fingers to create.)
For today’s Friday field trip, I wanted to show you some of the wands I made at the beach. You can use wire or stiff ribbon – anything that will hold its shape. I used items I already had. The smaller ones here are made with a sparkly wired ribbon and the others are made with metallic pipe cleaners.
I like to make the bubbles by dipping the wands into a shallow container of the bubble liquid; especially for the larger bubble wands. This makes it easy to dip the wand and the shallow container helps avoid knocking over the solution. Remember, the larger the wand, the larger the bubble!
And, for some extra night time fun, break open a glow stick to add to your bubble solution for some glow-in-the-dark bubbles!
I hope I have inspired you to create some bubble wands of your own!
Thanks for stopping by. Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie