Bubbles!

Bubbles are a baby staple. Every baby, child, and adult enjoys good bubbles. Think about it, isn’t it satisfying to blow through a bubble wand? And isn’t it disappointing when they’re just not good bubbles?

Bubbles are an inexpensive toy that can provide endless activities. Here are ways to use bubbles and activate each area of development.

Cognitive: Babies are in awe of bubbles. “What are these shimmering balls floating above my head?” Blow bubbles to extend tummy time and encourage those eco muscles to look ALL around. For toddlers, they are using problem solving skills as they learn how to shape their mouth and how hard to blow, trial and error at its finest!

Language: “Where should we blow the bubbles? On your head or toes?” “Look! The bubbles are going up, up, up!” Bubbles make room for lots of language. Babies will communicate with you through smiles and reaching while toddlers use their words or hand gestures for “more”.

Social and Emotional: Who wants a turn? Everyone. Always. Practice turn taking with your toddler every time the wand needs reapplication. For babies, they are expressing their feelings of joy when the bubbles pop on their nose (or dislike) and it’s your job to respect their emotions. “It looks like you don’t like when the bubbles pop on you, I’ll blow them farther away,”

Motor Skills: Pointing, teaching, clapping, stomping, running, how many ways can you think to pop a bubble? Get moving!

The best part is bubbles are inexpensive, available almost anywhere including the dollar store, and last forever!

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Hop to it!

Peter Cottontail is on his way and is bringing goodies!  Fill your child’s basket with more than just jelly beans and chocolate eggs!  Below are Play to Grow’s top 10 must haves for your little bunny that still fit in their basket (This isn’t Christmas! We see you IG one uppers.).

  1. Bubbles
  2. Books
  3. Shaker eggs ( DIY version= here and here)
  4. Bath paint
  5. Window Clings
  6. Stickers
  7. Play Doh
  8. Chapstick
  9. Flashlight
  10. Chalk

 

Hoppy Shopping!!!

 

Now, go play!