“What are you doing, mom? Why are you cutting that plastic bottle?”
It’s Tuesday afternoon and I am sitting at the table in our backyard when my 10 year old boy walks up to me, with curious eyes.
“You’ll see. Will you fetch me a few old socks from the basket upstairs?”
I have a basket full of unmatched socks. And I haven’t thrown them away yet, because I was planning to sort them all out – still hoping to find two that go together. Now some of them are going to be of good use.
His 7 year old brother already found the roll of duct tape on the table and starts to play with it. “Can you bring the bottle of dish soap?” I ask him.
Doing an activity together
Last week I posted about the challenge I posed for myself: to not just pin all kinds of beautiful and fun ideas on Pinterest, but to actually do one of them every week this summer. And I intend to focus on ideas which I could use to bless the ones around me.
So this week I picked a pin about a fun activity to do with my children. Doing things together always is a great opportunity to connect with them, and I can intentionally enjoy their company while cherishing the moment – they are growing up so fast! And for my children it’s always fun to try new things, to play together, and to have a good time with mom also.
My eyes were attracted to this pin, and I found out the article referred to another site, Housing a Forest, on which the activity I planned to do was explained, so I added the pin from that website also:
Easy and fun
It’s really simple, and inexpensive too. You only need some plastic bottles, sports socks, duct tape, and dish soap mixed with a little water in a bowl.
It also was really fun. We tried to make the longest bubble snake possible. A school friend of my 7 year old boy truly mastered it: he blew a bubble snake until it reached the grass.
The article about Rainbow Bubble Snakes suggested to add food coloring to the socks, in that way you can make rainbow snakes. Since I couldn’t find food coloring in the supermarket, we tried it with children’s posterpaint. This didn’t really work, but they had fun anyway!
On a side note: The warning in the article to not suck air in is important: soap, as some of my children have experienced now, tastes really nasty. Luckily a glass of water helps a lot to get that taste out of your mouth 😉
After an hour or so they lost interest in the activity. But when the mom of my son’s school friend came by to pick him up, the boy insisted to take his sock-bottle with him!
And his mom was frowning like: “What is that supposed to be?” Of course, a cutted plastic bottle with an old, wet sports sock (from my husband) taped to it isn’t really the most esthetic thing to bring home. I had to laugh a bit about the situation, but it was nice to know that this boy also enjoyed doing it!
We left the bowl with soap and bottles in the yard. The next morning, before school time, my oldest son was already blowing snakes again 😊
What activities do you like to do with your children?
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