Toddlers love their bubbles.

How Bubbles Help Toddlers' Gross Motor Skills

by Susan Revermann

Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles. Kids love bubbles. They will run, jump, stomp, poke and clap their way through hours of bubbles, if you let them. This not only engages their tracking abilities, it also helps develop their gross motor skills through the various movements used to chase these little floating balls of wonder.

1. Running

In case you haven’t noticed, your kid will chase bubbles without losing interest for quite some time, giggling as she goes. This running and chasing helps develop the muscles in her whole body. Her reaction time is also sharpened as she runs this way and that, changing directions when she needs to.

2. Jumping

Jumping takes muscle coordination and balance. If she falls down, she’ll use her large muscle groups to get herself up. She is also likely to shake it off faster if you blow more bubbles. Nature’s natural painkiller is loads and loads of bubbles.

3. Stomping

Stomping on bubbles that hit the ground is a way to work the lower trunk area of the body. This also develops her depth perception and foot-eye coordination to sharpen those aiming skills. If it’s too cold outside for liquid bubbles, let her stomp on some bubble wrap. You’ll get the same effect.

4. Reaching

When a toddler reaches up to pop a bubble with her finger or claps them with her hands, she isn’t just giggling and watching it explode. To reach up on her toes, she is engaging the muscles in her feet, legs, torso and arms. This is a whole-body activity. Plus, she it works on her hand-eye coordination and balance to successfully pop that puppy.

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