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Summer Fun and Learning Outside for Kids: Bubbles

There are so many activities that can happen outside in the summertime for fun, learning, and for those kids who will be starting school, for kindergarten readiness too. Blowing bubbles appeals to kids of all ages; it can be done many times and kids will still want to do it again.   summer fun activities for kidsA bubble is so much more than soap and water. For something so small, there is a big feeling of accomplishment when a child succeeds in creating that shimmering bit of rainbow that floats away in the air. Kids get really excited when it first happens and will proudly exclaim, “I did it.”

Blowing bubbles needs a good deal of concentration. Kids need to pay attention to what they are doing or they risk missing the action. The bubbles appear as if by magic, and kids practice focusing on something that is close and in front of their eyes. This is a pre-training for the eyes and is similar to the focusing needed for reading.

summer fun activities for kidsThere can be running and chasing or just sitting quietly. While it is a very individual activity it can easily be done in any size group, and that way those playing can share comments and surprises.

The bubble itself is quite a surprise. The soap and water transform into something different using something invisible. We can’t see our breath and how it changes the solutions, but there is a definite result.

summer fun activities for kidsBlowing bubbles can be quite simple and it’s enough to have just a small bottle of soap solution and a single wand. But it can also be quite complicated with inventions and recipes to create different kinds of bubbles, including square ones, and astonishingly big ones. Best of all though is the result: wonder and appreciation.

Who knew soap and water could be such a potion? Mixed with childhood, summer, and outside…magic. For a play-of-the-day, how about some bubble fun?

Summer Fun and Learning Outside for Kids: Water Play

Summer days are perfect for water play outside and any water spilled on clothes will quickly dry. Water play is not just fun, but also pours out lots of kindergarten readiness fun and learning. While there are tables specially made for water play, any big container will work such as a bin or big bowl.Continue Reading

Summer Fun and Learning Outside for Kids: Math

Have you heard or read that some doctors are writing prescriptions for kids with the orders: Go Outside and Play? There is so much that kids can do outside, especially in summer. This is a series of posts on different ways of having fun outside for kids that supports early learning and later kindergarten readiness.Continue Reading

What Makes Summer Magical for Kids? Movement Fun!

Movement Activities Are Magical Summer is here and to all of us, play takes on a new dimension. Each season has its own highlights but summer means more time to be outside. For many families, one way to be outside is to go camping. Camping reduces our “house” to the size of a bedroom, butContinue Reading

Soccer Can Help Kids Get Ready For Kindergarten

There are many ways that soccer can help kids get ready for school or daycare, and learning about winning and losing is one of them. The completion of the first round of soccer means the elimination portion has begun where only the teams that win will play any more games. Coping with wins and lossesContinue Reading

Olaf Explores Summer: Fun and Learning in Nature

What better way could there be to celebrate the first day of summer than some time outdoors in nature? Olaf agrees too. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie Frozen, Olaf is a walking, talking snowman who dreams about summer.  He not only dreams, he also sings and dances around just thinking aboutContinue Reading

Word Cup Soccer for Kids–Outdoors and Indoors Too

Kids seem to be on the move and physically active all the time, but as parents and caregivers we still need to find ways to encourage and support vigorous movement activities. Vigorous physical play is important for early learning and development and for kindergarten and school readiness too. With hotly contested games at practically anyContinue Reading

Helping Young Children Learn to be Independent

Parents Are Children’s Safety Net When it comes to children’s early learning and development, parents are not just children’s first teachers, they are also their safety net. A friend of ours posted two amazing pictures on Facebook. A hummingbird had built a nest in the family basketball net. Not on the rim which is prettyContinue Reading

What Makes Childhood Magical? Part15: Collections

The Magic of Making A Collection As adults, we forget that magic for kids can be something very ordinary, everyday, and simple, like making a collection. Every time we go out for a walk, Little Sister soon stops to pick up a rock or two to tuck into a pocket. If she happens to beContinue Reading

Early Learning and Brain Development: Picture-Smart Activities

This month is Autism Awareness Month. Autism is not something we can see from the outside looking in and currently, there are far more questions than answers. The brain and how it works is mysterious and amazing. That raises another question: What are some ways to encourage brain development in all children? Here are someContinue Reading

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