Outdoor Activities for Kids: Bubble Snake Creatures

Today I’m sharing a quick and easy activity that the twins and I did this afternoon- we’ve been on quite the bubble kick lately (see our giant reusable bubbles ). This was a fantastic idea for filling up the “witching hour” between nap and when Daddy gets home from work, which makes it a winner in my book.  You’ve probably seen bubble snakes before…we started out with a plain one, but my mind immediately turned it into a creature, so I got crafty and these funny little guys were born!

Bubble Snake Creatures

Bubble Snake Creatures at Twodaloo

How to Make a Bubble Snake

If you aren’t familiar with bubble snakes, they’re pretty much the niftiest little DIY bubble-blowing invention ever because you can make them in about five minutes with things you probably have lying around the house.  My favorite iteration of bubble snakes has to be rainbow bubble snakes from Housing a Forest- click on the link for a detailed bubble snake tutorial.  To make our bubble snakes, I used the following items:

  • empty plastic bottle
  • sock
  • rubber band
  • foam sheets of various colors
  • food coloring (optional)
  • bubble solution

To begin, I simply cut the bottom 3/4 of our plastic bottle off with scissors. Then I placed the cut end of the bottle into the sock and pulled it tightly onto the bottle.  I placed a rubber band around the sock to keep it in place and then folded the sock back over the rubber band. And that’s your basic bubble snake! To blow bubbles, you dip your sock end of your snake into bubble solution to get the fabric wet, and then blow through the mouthpiece of your bottle. You can add food coloring directly to your sock if you’d like to color your bubbles.

Make It a Creature!

When looking at our basic bubble snake, I noticed right away that the long neck of our particular bottle made an especially great creature shape.  I grabbed some foam sheets from my crafty stash, plugged in the glue gun, and in just a few minutes this little guy was born…meet Mr. Fox- or as the twins like to call him, “Poopoo the Mouse!”

Mouse bubble snake at Twodaloo

Well, there are obvious reasons for this nickname.  Can’t say I blame ’em. Thank goodness I think potty humor is amusing or I would not survive.

Mouse bubble snake at Twodaloo

Don’t you love the expression on Mr. Mouse’s face? He’s really not too sure about what’s going on back there 😉

After we had our fun with Mr. Mouse, I decided to make another more ferocious creature, complete with colored bubbles for effect- meet Mr. Dragon! He means business, as demonstrated by his very stern expression.

Dragon bubble snake at Twodaloo

We dripped red food coloring on the sock so Mr. Dragon could breathe fire.  It also managed to bleed backwards into the sock, making the coolest accidental mouth. I think it was meant to be.

Dragon bubble snake at Twodaloo
So there ya’ have it. With a little imagination and some ingenuity you can take your bubbles snakes from drab to fab. It only took me a few extra minutes and it was so fun for all of us! Just use what you have available around the house and have a little fun- I’d love to see what you come up with!

Developmental Skills

Believe it or not, this activity is heavy in the cognitive development area.  At three, my kids are on the young side for this, and figuring out how to coordinate their breathing to blow bubble snakes without sucking them back into the bottle was quite an accomplishment. Problem solving skills are put to the test as little ones use trial and error to draw conclusions about how to create the long bubble “snakes” (i.e. If I blow too hard or too softly it won’t work).  As kids become old enough to help create the bubble snake tool, they can deduce the perfect length of the bottle for optimum performance, how best to secure the fabric to the bottle, what shapes/sizes of bottles work best, and how to create the most colorful bubbles using food coloring or other art media.  Making the bubble snake tool look like a creature takes planning and strategy and also works important fine motor skills through cutting, tracing, etc.

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