At Little ARTventurers at Ashbrooke this morning we broke out the bubbles - popped some music on and the children had a whale of a time chasing them, popping them, dancing and trying to catch them! Any kind of activity involving bubbles is always a huge hit, from babies through to big kids (and grown ups too - don't try and deny it!), and it got me thinking about the benefits of bubble play for babies and young children.........
1. Bubbles can help to develop visual tracking skills
Watch where the bubbles are coming from and where they're going - follow the bubbles with your eyes! Are they going fast or are they floating slowly?
2. Bubbles aid sensory development
How do they feel? Wet and slimy? A bit sticky? Soft?
3. Bubbles can help develop social and communication skills
Asking for more bubbles, developing eye contact, turn taking, developing awareness of other children in a group and not knocking into each other or puching!
4. Bubbles can help develop gross motor skills
Moving, stamping, jumping, reaching, stretching, popping.....
5. Bubbles can help develop fine motor skills
For slightly older children - the dexterity needed to grasp the bubble wand and place it into the bubble container and then pull it out again - tricky! For littlies - popping bubbles, clapping bubbles, catching bubbles.....
6. Bubbles can help develop oral motor skills
Huff and puff and blow the bubbles as they float down. Blow the bubbles using the bubble wand - great exercise for little mouths!
7. Bubbles can help develop hand eye coordination
Link up what the hands and eyes are doing - see the bubble, track, move hand and pop! Or watching carefully while trying to get the bubble wand covered in mixture - not an easy thing to do!
8. Bubbles can help develop language and cognitive skills
Where are the bubbles coming from? Are they big or small? Slow or fast? Pop, clap, in front, behind, up and down......where have the bubbles gone?
9. Bubbles can help develop mathematical skills
Simple counting - 1, 2, 3.....what shape are they?
10. Bubbles can help to calm and relax
The deep breathing needed to blow the bubbles. And simply watching the bubbles floating overhead and down to the ground - never fails to bring out the smiles!