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Developmental Benefits of Bubble Play
If you have toddlers, bubbles are a big part of your life! Kids, young and old, love bubbles. They’re a great way to entertain your kids, get them outside, and enjoy the simple things. Plus, they make for some super adorable Insta-worthy pictures! However, bubble play can often be a hassle for us parents. They’re messy, sticky, and are often short-lived. However, it is important to keep up with bubble play because it can actually be super beneficial to various areas of their development. Keep reading to learn more about the developmental benefits of bubble play, and how you can enjoy bubble play without the hassle and mess!
Bubble Play: More Than Just a Fun Activity!
Bubbles are such a simple way to play with and entertain your child. They’re fun to chase, beautiful, and mesmerizing to watch, and kids feel confident when they’re able to create them themselves. But, did you know that bubble play also comes with a ton of other benefits that speech therapists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists use as a tool?
Oral motor skills, also known as the movements of the muscles in the mouth, tongue, cheeks, and lips, can be developed through bubble play. These muscles are used for speaking and eating, and if your kiddo sees a speech therapist, they will likely engage in bubble play.
Give your kiddo a wand and allow them to practice blowing bubbles. You can even catch existing bubbles with the wand to let them blow, or you can help them practice before trying it themselves.
Physical & Occupational Therapy Benefits
It’s true: Physical therapists and occupational therapists love bubble play! Some of the ways they use bubble play as a tool include:
- Practicing focus and concentration through watching and popping bubbles
- Visual tracking by following the bubbles
- Practicing hand-eye coordination by popping or swatting bubbles
- Playing with your child encourages language use
- Practicing breath support by blowing bubbles
- Practicing taking turns
- Counting bubbles
Motor Skill Development
Fine and gross motor skills can both be worked on through bubble play. Fine motor skills are the groups of muscles your body uses for small movements, such as using a pencil, playing with Legos, working on a puzzle, or using scissors. Gross motor skills are the use of larger muscles for things like walking, sitting, running, or riding a scooter. Developing these skills starts right off the bat at birth through things like tummy time and, yes, bubble play!
While babies are way too little to do much with bubble play, they can work on their visual tracking and enjoy the mesmerizing show. For toddlers, however, there are tons of ways they can work on those motor skills, including:
- Handling the bubble wand
- Balancing the bottle of bubble solution
- Bringing the wand up to their face
- Sitting still and balancing in the sitting position
- Running after bubbles
- Poking the bubbles with one finger
Hate Messy, Sticky Bubbles?
Bubble play is fun, beneficial, and enjoyable for kids, however, it can make parents cringe a little bit when their kiddo suggests it as an activity. Bubbles are messy, sticky, and tiring for parents to dip the wand constantly, plus parents are always on edge making sure that huge jug of bubble solution doesn’t get dumped out or spilled. Luckily, we have solved all of your bubble woes so that you can enjoy bubble play again!
Long-lasting, mess-free bubbles are here: Say hello to SPIKE’s Sensory Bubble Play!
This sensory bubble toy gives tons of bubbles without the mess or soapy, gooey residue. Perfect for sensory play, learning, bubble therapy, the classroom, birthday parties, special events, and more, this uniquely designed bubble system is non-toxic, calming, and worry-free for parents. Made with plant extracts, coconut oil, and purified water, this bubble toy is easy on sensitive skin.
If your toddler loves bubbles, but you hate the mess and constantly dipping a wand into a messy jug, you’re going to love how simple, easy, and mess-free this bubble blower is! Simply pour bubble solution into the tray, dip, and twirl the blower, and start blowing bubbles!
- EASY ON YOUR SKIN: Safer bubbles made with botanical ingredients for cleaner bubble play. Say no to harsh soap & detergents.
- SIMPLE FOR KIDS TO USE: Uniquely designed bubble blower makes lip rounding exercises easier & more fun!
- GREAT FOR DEVELOPMENT: Great for speech therapy, oral & motor developmental exercises, visual tracking & special awareness development.
- FUN WITHOUT THE MESS: Oodles of long-lasting, mess-free bubbles make birthday parties, weddings & special events more memorable.
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