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A fun activity for your toddler
There's something delightful about bubbles – we never seem to get too old for them. This game is a great way for your child to explore how to make different bubbles and get them to pop.
Good for age: 17 months (but older and younger kids might enjoy it, too!)
Skills developed: cause and effect, gross motor control, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination
What you'll need: a bottle of bubbles
If you don't mind little splashes of soapy water in your house, you can play this game indoors, but doing it outside gives your toddler more room to roam. If the weather's right, take your bottle of bubbles into the yard or to the park.
Blow the bubbles and show your child how to chase them down and pop them. Send them off slowly if your child is still a little tentative on his feet (blow gently to create big, drifting bubbles) or more quickly if your toddler loves to run (blow hard to send out a spray of faster-moving, smaller bubbles).
And here's a secret trick: Wet your hand to get a bubble to rest on your fingers. Then say, "Uh oh! Here comes bubble trouble!" and watch your child toddle over to playfully pop it (and giggle).
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