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July 2014

by: 
Marcy James

We use bubbles in our baby and toddler storytimes because they are fun, but also because they serve a purpose: Young children and babies can practice tracking an object with their eyes. They reach out to touch and pop the bubbles which utilizes their large motor skills and increases their range of motion. As with most effective learning, they simply think they are having fun!

Here are some other ways you can have a little fun with bubbles this summer:

Pipe-cleaner wands
Simply create a shape in a pipe cleaner and blow! Does a heart shaped wand make a heart shaped bubble?

Fairy Bubbles with drinking straws
Tape straws together, dip and blow for several tiny bubbles at once!

 

Bubble Window (Also makes large bubbles)
Take 2 straws and cut them to approximately 5 inches.
Thread a length of yarn (approximately 25-30 inches) through the straws and tie it.
Pull the straws to opposite sides to make a rectangle.
Dip in bubble solution and when you pull in apart you have a window!
If your finger has bubble solution on it you can poke it through the window and it won't break the bublble!
Woosh it through the air holding the rectangle shape and make a giant bubble!

Bubble Snakes
Cut the end off of a water or Gatorade bottle with scissors.
Wrap a piece of old towel or other fabric around the end and fasten with a rubber band.
Dip the cloth in solution - no need to saturate.
Blow through the mouth of the bottle and create huge lengths of foam.
Be sure that if solution gets inside the bottle that you don't drink it...YUK!

 

If you are very ambitious try a body bubble with a hula hoop!
      

Here is the recipe for a Bubble Solution that I like, but there are many to experiment with online!