Toddlers often find fascination in the simplest, most ordinary objects. A bottle of bubbles and some nifty gadgets could be enough to keep you and your little one happily busy for hours. Get your toddler interested in some bubble-blowing activities and you might succeed in occupying her for hours.
Young Toddlers and Bubbles
Although young toddlers might not have the fine motor skills necessary to fill a bubble wand successfully and blow to get bubbles, this won’t stop them from enjoying it with you. Don’t skimp. Buy a big bottle of bubble liquid and try a few different wands in various shapes and sizes. Head outside, sit on a blanket and get busy blowing. Encourage your toddler to watch the bubbles float or to run and chase after them. Talk about the different sizes of bubbles, but how they all have the same round shape.
Homemade Bubble Blower
Many household items can serve as effective bubble wands for toddlers. Grandparents.com recommends a simple bubble cone that most toddlers could handle. Simply roll up a standard sheet of white paper into a cone shape with the narrow end of the cone about 1 inch in diameter. Tape the cone to hold it and then show your toddler how to dip the wider end of the cone into bubble liquid for a second or two. Pull out the cone and show your little one how to blow through the cone for super bubbles that couldn’t be easier. Your paper bubble cone may not last more than a few blows because the paper will get soggy.
Go for Size
With a large, shallow container, you can blow larger bubbles for your toddler’s enjoyment. In fact, a plastic wading pool and a hula hoop are not out of the question if you have enough bubble liquid, suggests Rita Schrank, author of “Science, Math, and Nutrition for Toddlers: Setting the Stage for Serendipity.” Some educational stores offer large bubble wands in innovative shapes for special bubble-blowing fun.
Winter Bubble Fun
Don’t put the bubbles away just because the snow is flying and the mercury is dipping. Ann Douglas, author of “The Mother of All Toddler Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Your Child’s Second and Third Years,” explains the delights of blowing bubbles when it’s freezing outside. Bundle up you and your little one and head outdoors with bubble liquid and bubble wands. Blow some bubbles and then catch the bubbles back on the wand again. Wait a short time while watching and the bubbles will freeze before your eyes. Let your toddler explore the intricacies of frozen bubbles by touching them.