This will keep your kids occupied for about 40 seconds (from Family Fun magazine, which does not say 40 seconds, I think they thought it would be an “afternoon” of fun):

  1. Cut the bottom off a water bottle. Wash the cooties off the mouth piece, if desired.
  2. Cut a piece of washcloth or towel into a circle and use a rubber band to secure it to the bottom of the bottle.
  3. Dip the washcloth end into bubbles, then slowly blow into the mouth end.

A big foam trail comes out, like an elephant trunk.

This, like I said, will keep your kid occupied for an average of 40 seconds.  The younger they are, the more they will be amused.  Thus my oldest stayed inside, the middle got moderate enjoyment, and the youngest got the most and also had the most trouble making her bubbles.

2009 10 08 002It’s quite possible that my children have modern attention spans, i.e. none at all, so maybe yours will get an hour of fun pretending to be a foamy elephant or making giant foam slugs, which is what it looks like:

2009 10 08 003After you’re done bubbling, recycle the bottles as usual and feel a little less guilty for purchasing the water bottles in the first place, which after all are basically bottle tap water (you can also take comfort in knowing you kept some people employed in this terrible economy and possibly prevented a tax-payer-paid bailout of water bottlers) .  Ah, virtue.   Looks like a pump, feels like a sneaker.