Color Me Summer

by John E. and Danita Thomas; Lisa Bates; Sue Lowell Gallion

Super Bubble Slime

Color Me Summer

Gather

1/4 cup school glue gel
food coloring
1/4 cup liquid laundry starch
plastic zip bag or airtight container

Go

1. Pour school glue gel into a small bowl. Add one drop of food coloring and stir until blended.
2. Slowly pour the mixture into a bowl containing the liquid starch.
3. Let the mixture sit for five minutes. Remove it from the bowl, then slowly knead it with your hands until the glue absorbs almost all of the liquid starch. The more you knead your Super Bubble Slime, the firmer it will be come.
4. Wrap a blob of the Bubble Slime on the end of a straw and blow a large bubble. Or wad it up and bounce it on a clean floor.
5. Store Super Bubble Slime in a plastic zip bag or airtight container.

—John E. and Danita Thomas

Summer Dreams

Color Me Summer

Gather

old clothes
white pillowcase
bucket
2-ounce package of soda ash (for brighter color)
rubber gloves
plastic 6-ounce squeeze bottles (one for each color)
permanent fabric dye, your choice of colors*
rubber bands
plastic grocery bags
(*You may want to purchase a tie-dye kit, which includes dye, soda ash and bottles.)

Go

1. Before you begin, wash pillowcases with laundry detergent. Do not dry.
2. In a bucket, mix one gallon of water with soda ash. Immerse damp pillowcase in the bucket and let sit for 30 minutes.
3. Put on rubber gloves and squeeze excess water out of pillowcase until it is damp. You can reuse solution.
4. Lay pillowcase flat on the grass and plan your pattern. For a bull’s-eye, begin with a 2-inch handful of fabric in the center of pillowcase.
5. Tightly loop a rubber band around fabric. Repeat at 4-inch intervals. Use your imagination to create any pattern with the rubber bands.
6. Follow package directions to mix dye in squeeze bottles. Adjust the water-to-dye ratio, depending on your preference for vivid or pastel shades.
7. Squirt dye onto fabric. Open the folds of fabric near the rubber bands and squirt more dye. Do not saturate the item to the point that it drips or the colors will run together.
8. Place pillowcase in a plastic bag and let it sit overnight.
9. Wearing rubber gloves, rinse pillowcase with the hose until water runs clear. Remove rubber bands and rinse. Squeeze out excess water.
10. Wash pillowcase alone, without soap, on hottest washing machine setting. Dry it alone. Wash separately one more time. Then item can be safely washed with similar colors.
Note: Try tie-dying other items: T-shirts, beach towels, headscarves or tablecloths.

—Lisa Bates and Sue Lowell Gallion

Outdoor Art

Color Me Summer

Gather

old clothes
9-by-13-inch foil or metal pans
water
dishwashing liquid
liquid washable tempera paint
straws
paper or cardstock

Go

1. Fill the pan with 1/2 inch of water. Add 1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid and stir.
2. Add 8 tablespoons tempera paint and stir.
3. Repeat with different colors in other pans.
4. Place straw in paint and blow bubbles to cover entire pan with several inches of bubbles.
5. Place paper gently on top of bubbles and lift quickly. Do not let the paper touch the surface of the water. Use the same paper and repeat with other bubble paint colors to layer the paint patterns.
6. Experiment with different sizes of bubbles or add more paint for darker shades.
7. Let paper dry and make it into cards, gift tags or stationery.
8. Bubble paint solution can be stored in a clean container and used again.

—Lisa Bates and Sue Lowell Gallion

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