Everyday, Simple Ideas #2: Blowing Bubbles in Soapy Water

I am sharing some of the simple, daily things I do at home as a Mom that come from my occupational therapy background.

#2 Blowing bubbles in water

child blowing bubbles in water

This is one of my favorite activities in a clinical setting, and one that I regularly pull out at home.

Why?

It is fun, easy, cheap, quiet, and has tons of benefits.  Most kids 2 years and older can attempt this activity.

Supplies- bowl or cup, water, straw (thicker is better, mine are from Ikea), dish soap, and probably a towel

Just put a small amount of dish soap in the water, then let the child blow.  Most children will also drink a bit of water until they understand, so limit the soap if needed.  The more you blow, the bigger the mound of bubbles.  You can use a small or large container, even the bath tub!

Benefits:

  • Self-calming- facilitates deep breathing
  • Vision- convergence with both eyes looking at the growing mound of bubbles
  • Sensory- water and bubbles to feel
  • Fine motor- finger isolation to pop single bubbles, or try using two fingers as a scissors to give a bubble hair cut
  • Gross motor- the deep breathing helps activate muscles to build core and respiratory strength
  • Oral motor- lip closure, tongue movements
  • Oral input- good “heavy work” for the mouth, calming to most kids
  • Language skills- respiratory support and oral motor skills to support language development
Paige Hays is an occupational therapist who provides in-home, pediatric occupational therapy services in the south metro area of the Twin Cities, MN. She is a mother of 2 girls, avid DIYer, and a highly skilled and experienced OT. She specializes in working in pediatrics, with diverse expertise ranging from cognition and sensory issues to working with children with neuromuscular disabilities or complex medical needs.