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Simple summer joys: blowing bubbles

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Hovering gracefully, bobbing up and down--blowing bubbles is a simple, inexpensive, and very enjoyable activity. It is mesmerizing to watch bubbles as they float through the air. It is fun to try and "catch" them. And it is fun to pop them when they land. Blowing bubbles can be done anywhere; at home in the backyard or on the beach or on a playground.

Making bubble liquid is easy and economical It can provide a lot of good, clean fun for young children (pun intended) and for adults, too!

Basic bubbles: 1 cup of dishwashing liquid (Joy or Dawn are recommended), 2 tablespoons light corn syrup. You will need measuring cups, measuring spoons, a container of jar with lid, stirrer. Mix ingredients together in a container. Ready to blow!

Fancier bubbles: 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid (Joy or Dawn recommended), 1 tablespoon glycerin, 1 teaspoon sugar. You will need a measuring cup, measuring spoons, container or jar with a lid, stirrer. Combine ingredients. Mix them well, until sugar dissolves. Blow away!

Bigger bubbles: 6 cups distilled water, 3/4 cup light corn syrup, 2 cups of dishwashing liquid (Joy or Dawn recommended). You will need measuring cups, container or jar with lid, stirrer. Combine the ingredients and mix well. Let mixture sit 4 hours before using. There she blows!

Have fun with this simple activity. Just make sure your child does not get the mixture too close to his or her mouth since it doesn't taste very good. Enjoy watching those bubbles float high into the sky!

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