The Magic of Bubbles
Bubbles are not only LOVED by babies and toddlers, they are also a wonderful way to encourage many areas of development and learning
Bubbles can be big or small, few or many, played with indoors or outdoors and enjoyed with or without friends. I like to think there’s a little bit of magic in each one! Bubbles are an excellent way to help your baby or toddlers develop visual skills. We are not born with the visual skills we need for learning, including the skills to fix, follow, track, focus, converge, diverge and so on. These skills need to develop over time. How well your baby develops visual skills, from the earliest months of life, will help them learn now as well as later at Kindy. Because bubbles are both eye catching and slow moving they are a great way to help your little one learn to use their eyes and develop these skills.
Once a child can grasp, they will want to hold the wand. Practice at grasping, holding and manipulating a bubble wand in and out of the container helps the development of fine motor control, important for the development of the correct pencil grip, writing and working with tools in the future. ￼ Popping the bubbles, involves the development of hand-eye or foot-eye coordination. These early movement experiences form the basic building blocks of the catching, hitting, throwing and kicking skills involved in ball sports.
Children love to learn to blow the bubbles themselves. Blowing is good exercise for the developing muscles in the jaw and mouth. Learning to blow bubbles isn’t as easy as it seems and it may take a while to work it all out. Sucking in instead of blowing out is fairly common to start with but they will eventually get the hang of it
Playing with bubbles provides many good opportunities for the development of speech, hearing and language. The early speech sounds of ‘buh’ in bubble and ‘puh’ in pop are naturally used and imitation encouraged during bubble play. As your child grows, bubbles provide many opportunities to encourage developing language skills as you talk about the bubbles being; big, small, wet, slimy and how they are moving; fast or slow.
Knowing where my body parts are and how they can move, is such an important foundation building block for all later learning. The better your child’s body awareness the better they will do. Bubbles provide endless opportunity to talk and learn about body parts: “Look, the bubble is near your hand.” “Stomp on it with your foot.” Try to touch the bubbles! Whether actively interacting or simply lying down and watching them float around, bubbles are a magnificent and magical way to help development and enjoy the moment.
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