October is finally here!!!!!!! But although the month is filled with pumpkin patch visits, harvest festivals, and Halloween fun, the summer heat still lingers on. I remember a couple years ago, it was still 80 degrees in November!! Now, obviously I’m speaking as being a full on California native. Raised in the Bay Area, and now raising my young boys in sunny Sacramento.
Sacramento heat is absolutely no joke. 8 months out of the year its between 85 degrees to 100. While some cities like Seattle, Washington, have rain just about 8 months long, and spring weather the rest of the time………Sacramento, as told by my neighbors and new friends describe the weather to be hot, and within a flip of a switch, its winter. Being raised and blessed for the past 30 years of my life with the San Francisco breeze, I honestly cannot wait for mother nature to flip that switch!
October is here, but Mother Nature won’t allow us Sactown folks to embrace the autumn season just yet. So until the weather kicks in, the boys and I will continue to enjoy summer like activities outside like, bubbles!
Having gone through raising two young boys, you end up learning a few tricks up your sleeves. Millennials call it “Parenting Hacks.” We all see this cool Nifty and BuzzFeed videos on our Facebook Timelines on how to fix things, and make adulting easier. Here’s one cool bubble fun Parenting Hack I’ve used to keep the cool bubble soapy liquid inside the tube!
Note: Assuming parents, teachers, and guardians alike are reading this blog, you know exactly why this hack can be useful.
If not I’ll explain.
We’ve all seen the bubble tubes. Usually sold during the Spring/Summer season for children to enjoy, and help parents keep children unplugged, and pretty much used as a quick and easy go-to activity. Sold for $0.99 a pop, these fun little bubble tubes/wands, are easy to enjoy, to pack anywhere from a diaper bag, backpack, to a purse. I usually keep them in my trunk handy. These bubble wands simply open with a quick twist, and swing away using the wand, creating fun bubbles. 90% of the time, your child does not have the eye and hand coordination to keep the open bubble tube upwards, as he/she wands away.
THE RESULT: The bubble solution spills EVERYWHERE, at your feet, sticky, ekky, and the first bubbles blown fly away. #FAIL
SOLUTION: Zip ties.
I’m aware this will no longer give you the flexibility to take your bubble wand anywhere, but if fixed to the house/backyard or grandma and grandpas you’ll definitely want to thank you.
For Day cares, after-school, schools, or care-takers/teacher alike, we can all find a away to fit this in within the child’s daytime home/facility.
Here’s what you’ll need….
-Large Zip Ties
-Bubble Tube (Can be purchased at Target/ WalMart/ Dollar Tree)
- Take a few zip ties, (I used 2, per bubble tube) and zip tie the tube to a fence/patio railing gate.
- Attached zip tie to the tub part of the bubbles (The plastic tube, which holds the liquid solution.)
This holds the tube upright at ALL times for the solution to never spill!!!!! (YAY!!!)
- Secure the zip-tie to the tube, and the railing/gate/fence.
- Keep bubble want accessible for child to easily use, and twist off.
And viola!!!!! Your bubble wand is now ready for use!!!
If for a school, or daycare center, this makes it really really fun, and easier for the adults/teachers alike to have all children participate in bubbles. You can also keep the bubbles, left on the railing/gate/fence, and refill at any time! This also is great for families with multiple children, wanting to play with bubbles!
COOL ADDITION: Create a rainbow bubble area! Target usually sells this bubble tubes in different colors. Collect the all, and place them next to each-other creating a rainbow bubble area!!
What’s your favorite parenting hack? I’m looking for simple, easy, and ready-to-go hacks that will make my life as a parent a “little-bit” easier. Share! Comment below!