It’s amazing how something as inexpensive and accessible could have so many developmental benefits to children and, toddlers, in particular.
Blowing Bubbles is one of those seemingly inconsequential and unobtrusive activities that we, parents, can easily take for granted.
And yet, it’s actually one of those activities that can help facilitate the acquisition of so many skill sets in children. So much so that it should be a regular part of a toddler’s play repertoire.
We’ve elicited the heartiest of laughter and giggles from our littlest miss during blowing bubble time.
There is no other activity that is so simple, and yet, so much fun for toddlers.
So we’ve collaborated with the speech and language pathologists from Speech Fun Factory to come up with 10 specific reasons why blowing bubbles is “a must play activity” for toddlers:
1. Fine Motor Skills
The thin wand of blowing bubble sets promote fine-motor control and prehension patterns necessary for pre-writing, writing and scissor skills once your child enters school as well as for daily living tasks.
2. Visual-Motor and Visual-Perceptual Skills
Ask your child to look at the bubbles (visual localization) and follow its progress as it journeys into thin air (visual tracking). The act of dipping the bubble wand into a container of bubble suds promotes depth perception and other visual perceptual skills.
3. Imaginative Play
By now, we know how necessary and powerful imaginative play is for a child’s creativity and cognitive development. Use blowing bubbles in the context of pretend play and create stories to stimulate the imagination and make this activity a truly and positively reinforcing play experience.
4. Eye-hand Coordination and Hand-to-Mouth Pattern
Blowing bubbles promotes good eye-hand coordination necessary for the performance of daily living skills such as dressing. Hand-to-Mouth pattern is necessary for independent feeding skills. Studies have also shown a connection between the hands and the mouth in speech development.
Encourage your child to look at you and maintain eye contact as you give directions and as you create stories in the course of your play with blowing bubbles. A child’s ability to maintain eye contact impacts his ability to attend to a task and engage in his environment.
Blowing Bubbles facilitates verbalization or signing of “wants” and preferences. Model and demonstrate the appropriate words and signs when requesting.
7. Oral Motor and Sensory Skills
Blowing Bubbles strengthens oral muscles necessary for speech. As a child blows, it also gives tactile feedback to his face and oral areas which may promote sensory processing and regulation.
8. Teaching Sounds
Speech sounds such as “Pop” and “Bababa” (for the word “bubbles)” are facilitated, thereby, promoting speech development.
When you take turns with your child in blowing the bubbles, he learns to wait, share and take turns. This, in turn, promotes the development of impulse control and frustration tolerance.
10. Emotional Regulation
Having fun, learning how to wait, listen and take turns, laughing, waiting….All these can take place in the course of doing this activity. Necessary skills that may help your child regulate his emotions and keep tantrums at bay.