Preparation time: Blowing Bubbles need a maximum of ten minutes to prepare if you wish to make the bubble soap and your wands; or none if you are using the store bought variety.
Clean-up time: None if you are in the bath - unless things get a little too enthusiastic!
Game Duration: As long as you want, but generally between 5 and 15 minutes.
What you will need: Bubble soap (you can make your own!) and a bubble wand.
How to Play:
We all love blowing bubbles! Bubbles are fun to watch, fun to pop and tricky to create. A toddler blowing bubbles is practicing coordination of lip muscles and breath, all useful in learning to speak.
Dip the wand into the soap, bring the wand slowly in front of your mouth, make an exaggerated "kissy lips" face and blow slowly into the wand. Make sure your toddler is watching! You'll get several reactions! A squeal of delight followed by enthusiastic poking of the growing bubble is one possibility. Amazed observation of the bubble floating away is another. Trying to grab the wand and the soap can also happen. Go with the flow and describe what your toddler is seeing and doing.
You could try gently blowing through the wand onto your toddler to let her feel how the is air moving through the wand. Let your toddler explore the wand, she will find out that it is soapy and unpleasant to eat soon enough. Then encourage your toddler to let you have the wand so you can fill it with soap. You can hold it up to her mouth and say "blow!", or she may insist on holding it herself. Having several wands is useful because you can let toddler explore one while you fill the air with bubbles with the other.
Variation for Older Toddlers: Older toddlers will love to explore bubbles outside, and carry around their soap. Spill-proof containers can be bought or made but they limit you to a traditional wand shape. You can also fill a shallow dish with soap and let your toddler dip flat open shapes (like the lids with holes). Let her discover if she gets differently shaped bubbles with differently shaped holes (she won't, but she doesn't know that yet). Let her explore what many closely spaced holes will produce (foamy bubbles), or even get brave and try to make a giant bubble!