There is no denying that there is something magical about kids and bubbles.
Starting with little babies, playing with bubbles help with visual tracking. As kids get older and start to blow bubbles on their own, playing with bubbles helps to strengthen the muscles in their mouth and jaw for speech development, while also building mindfulness and a focus on deep breathing. You can also engage children in big silly movements as they chase the bubbles around the yard. While we love using traditional bubble wands, we can’t get enough of our bubble sensory play for toddlers.
Cleanest Mess You’ve Ever Seen: Bubble Sensory Play For Toddlers
Bubbles are the perfect “clean mess”- we use water and dish soap so it requires little set up or clean up and can be made with simple ingredients we already have in our home.
Here are three ways to create silly bubble sensory play for toddlers. Sometimes the simplest set ups are the most fun.
Bubble Sensory Play
Give your child a big bucket of water and a big sponge. Add a big squirt of dish soap right onto the sponge. Tell your child to “pump” the sponge and soon, your sponge will be overflowing with bubbles.
Your children can squish and squeeze the sponge in all kinds of silly ways and watch as the bubbles get bigger and bigger. You can add animals, cars or baby dolls for a good cleaning.
Blowing Colorful Bubbles
In a cup or a dish, add some water and dish soap (you don’t need very much). We like to add in some colors for a bit more fun. You can try liquid water colors, food coloring, or even try leaving dried out markers in a cup of water to create your own dye.
Next, give your child a straw to blow bubbles into the cup. You can focus on mindfulness breathing or encourage them to blow like they would for birthday candles. The bubbles should start overflowing immediately. Once you get some nice bubbles, you can put a straw into one of the bubbles and gently give it an extra shot of air.
Sensory Bin with Bubble Foam
You can also fill up an entire sensory bin with awesome bubble foam. Similar to the last two set ups, use a small squirt of soap and water. Then, use an egg beater or blender to mix up the soap.
The bubbles will transform from sudsy to a denser “foam”. If you want, you can add some coloring or a scent to create a new sensory experience. Add in some scoops or spoons and let the kids enjoy the new sensation.
No need to fuss with fancy bubble machines or expensive sensory fillers when you can create your own bubble sensory play at home. These fun bins are amazing for kids of all ages, especially for little ones who are trying to play with older siblings.
Blowing, popping, squishing… no matter how you choose to play with them, bubbles are the perfect bit of summertime magic.
Jessie is a mom of two amazingly creative children–ages 4 and 2. She loves having her home full of sensory play and process art. Jessie also runs her own account, Hands In Handmade where you can find more inspiration for play or check out her sensory kits.
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