Soapy Bubbles


FromActivities for Responsive Caregiving,  Jean Barbre

What to have – Plastic bucket or tub – Dishwashing liquid – Glycerin (found in drug stores) or corn syrup – Eggbeater – Measuring cups and spoons – Bubble wands (purchased or handmade from string or chenille stems) – Fly swatters – Plastic berry baskets – Plastic cookie cutters – Vegetable strainer – Towels Suggested Books – Brown Rabbit’s Shape Book by Alan Baker – Bubbles, Bubbles by Kathi Appelt – First 100 Words by Roger Priddy – My Five Senses by Aliki – My Five Senses by Margaret Miller

What to do This activity can get messy and is best done outdoors. Place 1 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of dish washing soap in the plastic bucket. Beat the mixture with the eggbeater. Dip the wands into the soapy solution. Dip clean fly swatters, plastic berry baskets, plastic cookie cutters, and a variety of colanders into the bubble solution. Allow children to experiment with these various tools to create bubbles. Describe the bubbles to the children, and let them play. You can add 1 to 2 tablespoons of corn syrup or glycerin for a different bubble experience. For homemade bubble mixture, make it the day before and let it sit overnight. Have towels nearby to soak up spills. Read the suggested books, introduce the vocabulary words, and sing and chant with the children.

Why LEARNING OUTCOMES Social-Emotional Development - Self-regulation – Sense of self – Relationships with adults – Relationships with peers – Sharing Physical Development – Perception – Fine-motor skills Cognitive Development – Cause and effect – Memory – Spatial awareness – Connecting experiences – Imitating others – Progression of play – Following simple directions Language Development - Expressive language – Receptive language – Communicating needs – Connecting words with real-world knowledge – Concept words – Using language in play

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Activities for Responsive Caregiving: Infants, Toddlers, and Twos

By Jean Barbre Copyright 2013 2-Year

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