One of the things I never got to last year was bubble wands. These are SO much fun and the require so little time that they could easily be an any day activity. It is a great way to spruce up an afternoon where everything is going pear shaped.
14 gauge wire
needle nose pliers
dowel of any size
an idea of what you want your bubble wand to be
some bubble mixture (good recipes here)
First, decide on an idea or theme for your bubble wand... but don't be too specific. Make the picture easy and something that will have a closed circle so it will hold the bubble solution. This one was just a print out from Google Images. I just typed in "Pumpkin Outline" and picked the one I liked.
If you can, drill a hole through your dowel and put your wire through it. This will make it more secure, but it isn't essential.Make a big circle with your wire and wrap the bottom around the dowel. Make sure that you give yourself enough room for the design you want to make with the bent wire. (Also be sure that you wrap the bottom of your wand tightly around the dowel so the sharp edges do not catch little hands.)