I told the kids that the next time it snowed, we would take the morning off and go sledding. It was 5 degrees at 8:00 this morning, but we still headed out to the park. We were happy that it warmed up quickly and we had a great morning.
We also had the chance to play. We painted with light sticks, roasted marshmallows, played with more bubbles, watched a hula hoop artist and enjoyed being outside.
Megan even made a new friend who was around two. When it was time for us to leave, he followed her wanting to play some more. He was very disappointed that she had to go home so she could warm up!
In order to make glowing bubbles, carefully break apart a few highlighter markers. Take the filters out and place in your favorite bubble solution. After they soak awhile, enjoy using a black light to see the bubbles glow as you blow them.
We wanted to try tonic water. We know that the quinine in it does glow under blue light. (We also learned it tastes disgusting!) For some reason it did not work outside even though we could blow bubbles inside. We are thinking the cold changed the solution enough that it did not work.
Different colored highlighting markers can be used to dye regular bubble solution. However, yellow works the best. Orange, red and green usually works, while blue rarely does. It depends on the marker you use.
In order to see the bubbles, use a black light. Once the light is turned off, the glow is gone.
My favorite picture of all those the children submitted, Mark’s “Working Hands”, won second place! Audrey photographed some crowned slug caterpillars and earned a third place ribbon in the youth division. Even though the other children did not win ribbons this year, their photography has improved a lot since!
The children were excited to see their pictures up and already looking forward to the new pictures they will take this year.