Emotional: To foster ways for your child to cope with emotions involving sad, happy, angry by beginning to develop a balance between independence and security of parents.
This activity is relaxing and promotes imagination in easing the jittery bugs your toddler may be feeling. Bubbles are associated with fun, relaxation, and general pleasure by all ages. The sight of bubbles floating in the air will excite your toddler as they relax and enjoy the outdoors. Toddlers are active beings trying to blow or pop the bubbles is a great way to stimulate both you and your child’s imagination!
You will need:
- 1/3 cup liquid detergent (Joy works best)
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 Plastic bowl
- 1 Blower-either a pipe cleaner or wire that has been twisted at the end to form a circle that can be dipped into the bubble mix or a plastic shape that can be dipped into the mix
- Say aloud what you’re doing as you pour water and soap into a bowl.
- Then speak about the quality of the soap mixture, for example, “The soap mixture is very watery and slippery”
- Let your child play with it in their fingers and smell the soap. (Make sure you tell your child not to put their hands in their eyes as this will hurt).
- Make a blower using a wire (i.e. pipe cleaners), bend into a circle, leaving a straight end as the handle.
- Hold the blower with your child’s hand, dip the blower into the soap, and blow together.
- Describe the bubbles such as “Happy round bubble on the grass!” or “A small shy bubble up in the sky”.
- Broadcast your actions while you make the soap and water mixture together
- Learn new words to match the ingredient
- Comment on your child’s bubbles in regards to the variety of shapes
- Recognize names of shapes
- Feel motivated to make more bubble shapes in their own way
- Give your child the opportunity to mix their own soap and bubble mixture
- Gain a sense of independence
- Develop trust in self and resiliency to make something on their own (i.e. soap mixture)
Enriching Learning Through the Everyday Moments
- Allow your child to pop as much bubbles as they like, either by stomping or trying to hold the bubble. Comment on your child’s actions such as “I can tell you are happy right now” or “I can see you are sad that the bubble went away”. This allows your child to recognize emotions and how to label them.
- Feel free to play around with the shape of your pipe cleaner blowers. They can be oval, square, star, triangle, the sky is the limit.
- Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy
- The Feelings Book by Todd Parr
Everyday Moments: Play Time