Soap bubbles are amazing. There is something fascinating in the way they look and fly. When someone says: I’m bored. What can I do? I always answer: Make some soap bubbles. Since I work with children as a pedagogue, soap bubbles are also a great tool to communicate and practise some skills with children. Here are some ideas to have more fun with soap bubbles.
On the toes
Toddlers (especially 2 year old) should practice walking on toes of their feet, every day. It can be only a fev minutes, but it’s important to do that every day. Soap bubbles can be a great motivator, because you need to reach high (still standing on your toes) if you want to splash it.
Encourage your toddler to stand on the toes. It’s good when the bubbles you create are so very high up. Thanks to it, your child has time to aim and splash the bubble. It is fun, to jump and reach bubbles.
Preschoolers should practice breathing. There is no better fun than making bubbles. However, this time make arrangements with the child to blow the bubble as slowly as possible. The smallest kits, or just plain plastic circous, will work best for you.
If your child does not mind, you can even measure how long does it take to make one bubble. And then you should exchange of roles and it’s your turn to blow the bubble. And the child counts down seconds.
Quick and so many of them
Ask the child to try to blow a lot of bubbles at once. It means one exhalation for one bubble. Of course, it depends on the equipment you have – the larger the circle for creating bubbles, the better effect you can make.
You can also play to see, how many bubbles the child can create within 5 seconds. These can be interrupted sessions (inhale-exhale) or just one long exhalation, but you count the time out loud. It is also an exercise to control your breath. Regulate it consciously.
This is the best game to do in the yard. There will be less wet spots at home, so just wait for good weather.
Make a deal with your child that you are preparing the biggest bubble, and the child can splash it, only on your signal. Not as soon as it appears, though it is known that the temptation is great. Waiting for a few seconds, is a great challenge for many toddlers. A few seconds postponement of desire, is also a good exercise of patience.
After this „patience exercise”, this game should be a kind of relaxation – crazy dance with bubbles. Full improvisation, but with music (it can be any tune from the phone). This dance allows the child to release emotions and just dance.
It’s possible that the child will want to „invite” bubbles to dance. Then you will see if during dancing, child seeks not to destroy bubbles or maybe the opposite. Anyway, it’s a grat opportunity to practise gentelness and just feel the music.
Breaking small or huge bubbles, can also be a game that reduces aggression. It’s all about letting go good and bad emotions. Especially these frustrating ones. You must admit – rarely happens that parents encurage to break the toys with impunity.
Bubbles can be a special tool that lets your child get rid of anger. It’s much better than not talking about emotions or beaing aggressive directed towards the loved ones.
And here’s the challenge for 7-8 year olds. Take a look at the movie to learn the simple technique of creating disco bubbles. Everything is a matter of breath control.
As many as you can
With special gloves (to keep the bubbles from breaking) you can bounce the bubble like a ball on your hand. Ask your child to create (with one slow breath) the bubble and then he can try to bounce it very gently.
There are no winners or losers in this game. Winning is not the point. But you can slowly count, how many times each one of you, managed to bounce that ball.
This game trains precision and accuracy. The child must focus attention on the bubbles and control their movements. If you have two gloves, you can bubble off each other. It’s a bit like a fake badminton 😉
Only the biggest one
This game challeng is to find and splash the biggest bubble in the pot. This means that one person creates (with a special tool) as many bubbles as possible. The other observes bubbles very carefully for a few seconds. Then he chooses the largest one from the set and tries to aim at it with a finger.
In this game, the toddler focuses attention, observes, but also learns to act quickly and under the pressure of time.
You will need a piece of paper or a newspaper to play this game. Explain your child that he will need to steer the bubbles with a blast of wind. It can act however he wants. Use any technique: jumps, swings, blowing. Even dancing, if you want.
This is a very exciting experiment that shows the toddler, how the real wind blows. The child also exercises precision because he can not steer bubbles into a random place. The point is that bubbles fly in the certain direction and do not splash too fast.
Create one huge bubble and try to divide it into smaller ones. You can ask the child to divide bubbles into two equal parts. Or just to any parts. And then you’ll check if you can still make smaller ones, by divide any bubble. In this game, the child practice some delicate movements and speed in action.
You can use bubbles to practise counting. You can play by clapping bubbles. You just need to make a lot of bubbles, and then you shout a number, for example 3! The child should clap, so the bubble splashes, loudly counting: 1, 2, 3.
You can also try to splash or clap bubbles when you hear a particular password. For example, when in a song or a poem, the child will hear the word „balloon” or „dog”. This can be any word you choose. The point is that the toddler listens to what you say / sing / recite and responds only to a specific password.
I must warn you that this game generates a lot of laughter. The point is to splash up the bubble by the specific part of your body. One person makes several bubbles, and the other members of the game, try to splash them by one, choosen part of the body. For example, you can only use elbow, knee, head.
Younger children have an opportunity to practice a quick orientation in the body diagram, and older ones just have a big laugh and a chance to show their swiftness.
How many people can be locked in a soap bubble?
I hope that bubble games will give you a lot of fun. I created them by working with Tuban. An unique producer of soap bubbles and equipment to create them. Before you go to their website and look around, I’ll tell you why they are so unique.
It is because thanks to Tuban, Poles can be proud of Guinness Record in the number of people closed in a single soap bubble. Tuban closed in the one soap bubble 193 people! Amazing!