Who doesn’t like bubbles? They are a reminder of childhood, a great go to activity for kids, and c’mon, can you even say the word bubbles without smiling? Yesterday at the annual Bubble Bash in Glendale, AZ we arrived with the expectation, and the promise of four things: bubbles, water, laughter, and fun.
But what do kids learn from bubbles? Bubble play is one-hundred percent science, woven into fun, and is proof that we learn though play. And while it is unlikely that you will think of bubbles in the context of learning, next time you bring out the bubble wands, ponder about how you can be deliberate in encouraging this next generation of physicists, mathematicians, teachers, or…entrepreneurs.
- They are always round. It doesn’t matter what shape you blow from, they will always be round when they leave the wand, or the volcano.
2. They need air to form.
3. Develop fine motor skills: Holding wands and/or tools to blow the bubbles is hard for young children and an art for the older ones.
4. Develop gross motor skills: They are learning to leap, jump, crawl, and reach.
5. Encourage cognitive thought: The power of observation lets kids make predictions about size, speed, where they might land, and sometimes what they look like from the inside, just before you pop them.
6. Sensory language: They feel wet and slimy, look clear, and smell soapy. You can hear pops, and sometimes, by accident, you learn how awful they taste.
7. Development of math skills: Count them. How many can you pop? How many did you make? And gosh…why are some bigger then others?
8. Self confidence: I did it! I can make them. I can pop them. I can share them.
And…in my opinion…they do carry the most wonderful wind kisses.
Inspired by…Bubble Maniacs.