Bubbles are not just a fun activity for kids; they are an educational tool that we, as parents, can use to teach our children even more about the world around them!
Blowing bubbles can help children with language development, as they describe the size of the bubbles and count how many they see. Ask your children questions as they play! Ask what the bubbles feel like when they are touched, and if they hear anything when they pop. You can also talk about how the bubbles are moving; are they floating up? Flying away? Are the bubbles behind or in front of them?
Parents will be able to see their children listening and following directions. Instruct your child to jump on the bubbles, clap to make them pop, or as you are blowing them tell the child which to poke first, second, etc. Take this time to teach children about taking turns, which will result in everyone being able to enjoy the game. Blowing bubbles is an activity in which young children enjoy participating and is something fun and exciting that we can do with our children all year round.
Children’s fine and gross motor skills will be improved upon as they reach out to touch, or run around to chase and pop the floating orbs. You can see your child’s hand/eye coordination being strengthened as they continue to play. Encourage him or her to pop the bubbles with different parts of their body, using their elbows, feet, head, etc. Playing with bubbles can also support visual tracking, which is very important for reading.
In addition to the developmental benefits of these activities, the anticipation on your child’s face before you blow the bubbles is such a sweet sight. By taking part in fun, educational, bonding activities, you become even more of a role model for your child as you encourage their growth!
What fun activities do you and your children use to promote exciting, educational moments?