|Aurora Early Learning Centre|
Bubbles are an absolute favorite activity to engage in with kids. The humble bubble boasts a number of benefits and builds on essential developmental skills. Let me explain:
Visual tracking skills. Kids follow the path of the bubbles.
Sensory processing skills. Bubbles are wet, slimy and sticky. They feel funny. And the physical act of blowing can be a very effective sensory-based way to help children “organize”, calm, and focus their bodies.
Social skills. Kids can ask for “more” and establish eye contact when doing so. And when playing in a group, taking turns and keeping personal space between their bodies is one of the skills practiced. The combined laughing, giggling, squealing and labeling was heard from the back play area to my office at the front of the building. If that's not the development of social and communication skills, I don't know what is.
Gross motor skills. What an easy way to get kids to reach way up high, stand on their tippie toes, squat, jump, run, stomp, and kick.
Language and cognitive skills. Toddlers and preschoolers get to understand and describe where the bubbles are and what they’re doing by pointing things out when they happen. For example, "The bubbles are going up (or down)” “They’re going fast (or slow).” “There’s a bubble in front of (or behind) you.” “I see one next to you.” “There’s one above (or below) your head.” “It’s to your right (or left).” “That’s a really big (or little) bubble.” “Go pop the biggest (or smallest) bubble!"
Bubbles posses lots of scientific processes such as investigation, discovery, experimentation and observation.
Simply put, bubbles are fun, easy to use and fascinating.
So get p-p-popping.