How did we ever survive at LifeKids without bubbles? Especially in Pips and Sprouts (2-4 year olds)
Here are some of the ways that we’ve been using bubbles recently…
- During Part at the Start – free play time. We’ve made giant bubble wands plus a variety of other bubble wands. It’s proven to be one of the most popular activities, especially for the girls but boys enjoy it too.
- Break the ice with new kids, particularly really young kids. It’s not uncommon for new kids to feel quite anxious about talking to someone new. Blowing bubbles for them to catch – get them laughing and moving helps them feel more at ease.
- Distraction for preschoolers. Our team bring out the bubbles when they know the kids are about to loose it and it’s very effective. They literally could spend the whole session blowing and chasing bubbles!
- Connect with kids before church in the foyer and give them something fun to do while their parents talk and sign them in.
Someone asked my why I don’t get a bubble machine. Apart from the fact that I quite enjoy being a human bubble machine, the opportunity to connect with kids while holding a bottle of bubble solution and a bubble wand is something that couldn’t be replaced with a machine.
Here’s a good recipie…
1 cup detergent
2 cups water
1 tablespoon glycerin (just ask at your pharmacy)
Stir gentley, try not to make too many bubbles when you’re mixing it.
Play around with the recipe, you could get away with using less detergent depending on what brand and how strong it is. We have a bunch of bubble mixture bottles that we just keep refilling. Another way of blowing bubbles is with a straw, just make sure the kids don’s suck the mixture… they’ll learn fast if they do!