With summer upon us we decided to start a new, weekly feature called #CreativeReuseTuesday, where we approach a kid-friendly activity with a reuse spin. If we’re feeling extra wild occasionally we’ll pair the activities with a library book that will fit with our activities theme.
I’ll be tackling this endeavor with my two-year-old son, who currently prefers cars over crayons but he does enjoy building towers with items from our recycling bin.
In preparation for Bubble Fest at Chris Park (Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.), we made some DIY bubbles with dish detergent, sugar, and warm water. We used The Artful Parent’s, How to Make Homemade Bubbles blog post, and added a reuse twist by using some old markers to dye our bubbles. We paired with a pipe cleaner bubble wand. We tried to blow bubbles on some thick cardboard, and we got some color to show up on our board but it was a bit messy (which is fine, but we’d recommend to let your bubble mixture sit for a few hours or even a day to work better).
In addition to our activity, we checked out the board book, A Bubble by Geneviève Castrée, a beautifully illustrated but sad read (read more at The Paris Review). I thought it was such a fitting book that reminded me of Chris Park’s namesake, Christopher Goldsbury, Linda Pace’s son.
“Every inch of the one-acre Chris Park in downtown San Antonio is dedicated by a mother to her lost son.”
Allison C. Meier // Atlas Obscura
This is our first #CreativeReuseTuesday post, check back every Tuesday for a new project!