Sensory and Motor Skill Development With Bubbles!
Give these bubble activities a try to help develop various areas of development for your child.
1. Fine Motor Skills
Pop bubbles using the index finger to work on finger isolation
Practice "clapping" to pop the bubbles between hands
Bilateral coordination via one hand to blow bubbles with wand and other hand holding bubble container
Pincer grasp development when holding the wand
Crossing midline to pop bubbles by reaching across the body
2. Gross Motor Skills
Single stance balance and foot-eye coordination skills by stomping on and kicking the bubbles
Jumping over the bubbles
Squat down to pop bubbles
Dynamic sitting and standing balance via reaching for bubbles in various directions
Blow bubbles to divert attention from tummy time and to promote gross motor milestones such as rolling, crawling, sitting, independent standing etc.
Helps encourage running skills by running towards the bubbles to pop them
3. Visual Motor Skills
Visual tracking skills worked on by following the bubbles with their eyes
Hand-eye coordination skills via using eyes and hands together for accuracy when catching and popping the bubbles
4. Oral Motor
Blowing bubbles helps to develop lip rounding by strengthening small muscles around the mouth
Tactile input provided by feeling the bubbles pop on their hands
Proprioceptive input through using oral muscles to blow the bubbles
Visual stimulation via watching the bubbles pop/move around the room
Auditory input through listening when the bubbles are clapped and stomped on
Vestibular input is worked when moving the body in various motions and directions to catch the bubbles
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