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Mayhem and Messy Play #14: Blowing Bubbles Messy Play Activities

No, blowing bubbles messy play activities is not a contradiction; kids can make a mess and get dirty doing anything including play with soap and water.chasing bubble nature time

Besides the soap and water, there are a few more items in these messy play activities. Bubble solutions are available at dollar and toy stores, but you can also make your own. Similarly, you can also buy bubble wands or let kids try other items.bubble messy play activities

One of the best hacks that has been shared in several parenting and play blogs is to tape the bottle of bubble solution to something upright. This might be the legs of a table in the backyard or a fence post or a bar on the swing set. This keeps kids from spilling the bottle as soon as their hands and arms get slippery from the bubble liquid, which is almost immediately. If you can’t find the tape, use string. A shallow container will also work so several kids can dip and play.bubbles help kids make friends

A super fun and not too messy bubble activity is a bubble sock snake. This is shared from an earlier post:

To make a bubble sock snake, first cut the bottom end off a plastic water bottle. Big hands need to do that part. Stretch a sock over the end, pushing the bottle all the way into the toe. It will look like a drum.bubble sock snake

Squirt some soap onto a shallow dish and add a little water. It’s perfectly fine to use fingers to mix these, but Little Sister didn’t want to get hers all yucky. This was news because she has no difficulty putting her hand into paint and making hand prints of every color. She wanted a spoon instead.bubble sock snake

Once done, kids dip the bubble sock into the soapy water. This is why a low dish is better than a tall, thin one, so kids don’t immerse the whole bubble sock. It’s easier to hold onto a dry sock than a dripping wet one.bubble-sock-snake-3

Now for the fun. Lightly blow into the bottle and watch a soap snake appear. There was a wind here in the afternoon so Little Sister’s snake bent. Big Sister could hardly wait to try and her’s got so long it did go down. The wind took off a chunk at the end and it floated away like a miniature white cloud. While we can’t see the wind, we could easily see which way it was blowing from the way the bubbles moved.bubble sock snake

Not all blowing bubbles messy play activities happen outside. For a bubble activity that can be done inside, pour some soap and water into a bowl or cup. Kids blow into the solution with a straw and see if they can make the soap bubbles pile up higher and higher until they spill all over. To keep the messy contained, you can put the bowl or cup in the sink and let the blow but it’s not as exciting as watching the bubbles build higher and higher so they go all over the table or floor.bubble messy play activitie

No matter which of these blowing bubbles messy play activities you do, as kids chase bubbles over a yard or park, dirt will appear and stick on to them. Especially if you have added any corn syrup to make a stiffer bubble solution. But what could be easier to clean up than soap? Isn’t that already a step ahead?


Bubble Play and Learn Activities #1: Blowing Bubbles

Blowing Bubbles Pops with More than Fun

Soap and water must be a sort of magical formula for childhood. Blowing bubbles is a fun way for kids to both play and learn with bubbles. Mix up a batch and who knows what might pop up?

blowing bubblesFor a start, simply blowing bubbles is exciting. In order to create bubbles, kids need to make a certain shape with their lips and use just the right amount of air. This is quite tricky and requires a lot of trial and error to get it just right. The muscles a child uses in the mouth and cheeks are the same ones needed for speech. Not every language has the same range of sounds but they use these muscles.

Before they even blow bubbles, very young children are linking the cause—blowing on soapy water, and the effect—bubbles. They carefully watch adults or other children to see how it’s done. Soon, they want to try for themselves and engage in exploratory play and figure out just how hard or soft to blow. Holding a bubble wand in different ways will change the effect. It needs to be straight up and down and too close doesn’t leave room for blowing.

blowing bubblesOlder kids and adults all love to blow bubbles. The colors seem to appear out of nowhere and disappear back again. Time seems to stand still as a bubble grows on the end of a wand. Will it or won’t it stay round and float away? What direction will it go? Eyes follow the path of the bubble until poof and it’s gone. Once in awhile, one will land and linger.

Being able to blow bubbles gives a sense of satisfaction. While adults don’t announce “I did it!” kids do. Their faces show their surprise and delight, as well as disappointment when it’s not working. There’s enough success and challenge to make it unpredictable without being too frustrating. Interesting and fun, blowing bubbles is full of learning and play.  Will bubble play pop up in your child’s day?

Kids Play with Anything #11: Child’s Play with Bubbles

Although bubbles and soap solution are sold as toys, they can be made at home, so still count as play with non-toy stuff. Does your child play with bubbles?science fun for kids with bubblesUsually done outside, blowing bubbles is a magical activity. There are many recipes for making bubble solutions easily and inexpensively. Bubble wands can be simple plastic sticks with one loop on the end, or more elaborate ones with hearts, stars, flowers, butterflies, and other shapes. Home-made wands could be as simple as a circle bent at the end of a pipe cleaner or irregular ones of sticks and string for making giant bubbles. Whatever kids use will still create shimmering rainbow spheres dancing all around.

Blowing bubbles doesn’t look hard to do, after all, it’s just air, but it takes brain power. Kids have to figure out just how much force they need because neither too soft nor too hard will work. This takes concentration and patience as well as trying, adapting, and trying some more. Kids are engaged in testing, problem-solving, observing, and other thinking with bubbles

Blowing bubbles doesn’t look hard to do, after all, it’s just air, but it takes brain power. Kids have to figure out just how much force they need because neither too soft nor too hard will work. This takes concentration and patience as well as trying, adapting, and trying some more. Kids are engaged in testing, problem-solving, observing, and other thinking skills.

Wands that kids wave around are easier but blowing makes the bubbles grow where kids can see them. The focusing on bubbles is very similar to that needed for reading, so blowing bubbles is pre-training for eyes. And for talking, because the movements for blowing bubbles exercises the muscles used in speaking. There’s a sense of accomplishment when a child successfully creates bubbles and we might hear the proud exclamation, “I did it.” Kids can’t see their breath but they certainly see the with bubblesA young child might like to play with bubbles happily all alone or with friends. When someone else blows them, it’s fun to run around chasing the bubbles, trying to catch or pop them.

No matter how many times kids play with bubbles, it’s fun to do it again and again. It’s often an experiment in high school. Blowing bubbles doesn’t just appeals to kids of different ages, but adults too. Could it be because we all appreciate the beauty and wonder of bubbles?

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Summer Fun and Learning Outside for Kids: Bubbles

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