Bubbles! Fun to chase, fun to catch, fun to POP! I love bubbles! When I was a teacher, one of my favorite field trips was to the Children's Museum in Denver. The year the "bubble room" was added, I was esctatic! The kids, families, and teachers had SO much fun doing bubble experiments, making giant bubbles and trapping each other inside of a bubble.
Some people may see bubbles only as entertainment, but did you know playing with bubbles actually can help build hand/eye coordination in babies and small children? Catching and popping bubbles encourages concentration and physical movement as well as strengthens our eyes ability to track motion. Here is a list activities and benefits associated with bubble play:
- Sing songs to baby or play music while you blow bubbles. Music engages the brain. Bubbles provide amusement AND eye tracking practice.
- Ask you child questions like "Where did the bubble go after it popped?" or "Why is the bubble colored like a rainbow?" to stimulate scientific thinking.
- Challenge your child to pop 5 bubbles, 10 bubbles, 20 bubbles...and count out loud along with your child.
- Let your child blow the bubbles. This helps strengthen mouth muscles and concentration skills.
Storytime Katie is a great resource for children's book and activity ideas. I love these BUBBLE activity suggestions!
- Bubble Bounce- a different kind of bubble. Throw balloons into the air and have your child keep the “bubbles” afloat.
- Bubble Art. Add 2 teaspoons of paint to bubble solution. Have your child blow the paint bubbles onto white construction paper. You can provide lots of different kinds of tools to make bubbles. Try straws, bubbles wands, bubble pipes, etc...
I can't leave out a good bubble themed book!
Go to the website Preschool Express by Jean Warren to find bubble themed songs and rhymes. This one is great for rhyming and math skills.
FIVE BIG BUBBLES
Five big bubbles floating all around.
Until one popped when it landed on the ground.
Four big bubbles floating high and free.
Until one popped when it landed in a tree.
Three big bubbles floating quiet as a mouse.
Until one popped when it landed on the house.
Two big bubbles floating down to land.
Until one popped when it landed in my hand.
One big bubble still floating in the air.
Until it popped when it landed in my hair.
Remember to log singing, rhyming and bubble play as Summer Reading minutes for your 0-5 year olds!