Bubbles Bubbles Everywhere!

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by Denise | No Comments

Since summer is almost upon us I thought I would highlight some fun and inexpensive activities for our kids that also have therapeutic value.  I will periodically do this throughout the summer and add ideas for your summer fun.  One of my favorite things to do is bubble play.  Bubbles can be purchased at the dollar store or made at home and provide hours of fun.

Bubbles can be blown outside or inside and are so motivating for children that they don’t realize they are working their bodies.   In order to gain full therapeutic value from bubble play you will want to do the following:

Sit up straight or stand (activate your abdominals and trunk)

Hold the bubble wand (works on tip pinch, tripod pinch, wrist extension, forearm supination, elbow flexion, shoulder flexion)

Take a deep breath in (use diaphragmatic breathing instead of accessory muscle breathing)

Blow out slowly (use abdominal control to be able to exhale for at least 3 seconds to form a bubble)

Reach to Pop Bubbles in any position – supine, prone, quadruped, while sitting, walking, running, jumping (Endless Array of Therapeutic Activation)

Then repeat, repeat, repeat!!!!!!!

If you are limited to indoor activities, the bathtub is a great place for bubble play.  You can also modify an indoor space by laying down a disposable table cloth or using large trash bags that have been cut and opened.

For a fun twist I have included a recipe for homemade Super Bubbles!  These are best done outdoors due to the ingredients and can make incredibly large bubbles.  You will need a wire coat hanger, cake pan or any container that is deep enough to hold about an inch of bubble liquid and wide enough for your bubble wand.

Super Bubble Recipe

  • 1 cup liquid dishwashing detergent
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup white Karo syrup
  • Wire coat hangers and pliers or other bubble wands

Mix ingredients in large bowl until syrup is dissolved.   Bend wire coat hangers to desired circular shape leaving a portion for the handle.

Now have fun, laugh and let us know how your bubble play turns out.  Send us your stories and/or pictures.

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