presented by romp
Join us in the main playspace for story time and bubbles. This activity takes place on the playroom floor, and is available to all membership levels and drop ins.
There is no extra fee for this weekly activity. No reservation needed.
Did you know?
Playing with bubbles has so many fantastic connections to the brain and body.
Visual tracking skills: Follow where the bubbles go. Some are fast and some are slow. Some are big and some are small.
Hand / Eye coordination: It takes serious practice to link up what the eyes and hands are doing in order to accurately pop a bubble, or dip & blow with a wand.
Sensory processing skills: Bubbles are wet, slimy, and sticky. They feel funny. And the physical act of blowing can be a very effective sensory-based way to help children 'organize', calm, and focus their bodies.
Social and communication skills: Kids can ask or sign for "more" and establish eye contact when doing so. And if playing in a group, they can practice taking turns and keeping personal space between their bodies so they don't bump into or knock each other over.
Gross motor skills: What an easy way to get kids to reach way up high, stand on their hippie toes, squat, jump, run, stomp, and kick.
Following directions: You can give them directions on how to pop the bubbles with each turn (clap them, poke them, squeeze them, jump on them, etc) Either one at a time or by telling them a popping sequence (first poke, then squeeze, then clap). Or they can follow the directions to a turn-taking sequence (first Nick pops, then Eva, then Bill). The possibilities for directions are endless!
Identifying body parts: Pop with your finger, your elbow, your knee, or your nose!
Speech skills: Letters /b/ and /p/ (those formed in the front of the mouth with the lips) are early speech sounds that are naturally used during bubble play. A few examples include "Bubbles!" , "Bye, bye bubbles!", and "Pop!".
Language and cognitive skills: You can teach toddlers and preschoolers how to understand and describe where the bubbles are and what they're doing by pointing things out when they happen. "The bubbles are going up (or down)." "They're going fast (or slow)." There's a bubble in front of (or behind) you." "I see one next to you." "There's one above (or below) your head." It's to your right (or left)." "That's a really big (or little) bubble." "Go pop the biggest (or smallest) bubble."