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Homemade Bubbles

This activity is appropriate for all ages. Bubbles are associated with fun, relaxation, and general pleasure by all ages. Infants from 4 months on will respond to the sight of bubbles floating in the air. Toddlers and preschoolers will be more active participants trying to blow the bubbles themselves and then imagining about the shapes they make. A great way to stimulate your imagination and your child's!

Here's what you will need:
1/3 cup liquid detergent (Joy works best)
2/3 cup water
Plastic bowl
Blower - either a pipe cleaner or wire that has been twisted at the end to form a circle that can be dipped into the bubble mix or a plastic shape that can be dipped into the mix.

Here's how you make it:
Mix together the ingredients. Make a blower using a wire that is bent into a circle, leaving a straight end as the handle. For a blower, also try a plastic garbage bag tie. Dip the blower into the bubble solution and blow.

Here's what to do while you make it:
Talk about the two ingredients allowing your child to touch and smell both. When you combine the ingredients talk about the different qualities. Let your child play with it in his fingers and smell the soap. (Make sure you tell you child not to put their hands in their eyes as this will sting).

Here's what you can do once it is made:
Infants will love this activity any time. While you blow the bubbles they will watch actively with their eyes to see where it goes. Toddlers and preschoolers should be given the chance to make their own bubbles. Bubbles are great with this age group and can be used for many things such as counting - have your toddler or preschooler see how many bubbles he can count. Bubbles can also stimulate the imagination. Explore the different shapes and sizes with your child. For any age group this is a great activity during bath time (if doing any other place remember floors will get slippery so be careful and wash off the floor or ground after the activity is over).

Comfort, Play & Teach™ Message

Comfort: Spending time with your child making the bubble mix and then playing with it after makes your child feel loved.

Play: Once the bubbles are ready let y our imaginations go. Talk about the different shapes the bubbles make - look for animals, circles, or other figures.

Teach: Any activity that involves mixing is a great "teach" moment. Talking to your child about the different ingredients, their qualities and what happens when they are put together are just a few of the things you can explore.

For Ages: Infants and up

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