The Science of Play
Play isn’t just all fun and games. Several studies have proven that play is an essential part of a child’s development. Free play helps kids develop the neurons at the front of their brain.
“Without play experience, those neurons aren’t changed,” said Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada in an interview with NPR. “Whether it’s rough-and-tumble play or two kids deciding to build a sand castle together, the kids themselves have to negotiate, well, what are we going to do in this game? What are the rules we are going to follow?” Pellis said. Play is all about developing the tools to handle complex social interactions and quick-thinking. Playing in groups with other children, especially, helps children navigate these interactions and develop language and communication skills.
Bubbles are one of the best toys for a child’s free play development! Playing with bubbles helps children practice their fine motor skills (grasping the wand and playing our unique maze game cap), communication (asking to blow more, pointing out big bubbles), hand-eye coordination (blowing through the wand), and visual tracking skills (watching the bubbles until they pop).
Young children can practice language skills (“Wow that bubble is so big!”) and learn cause-and-effect, by watching what happens when they blow gently through the wand as well (Surprise! Bigger bubbles!). Older children can even start to learn the physics behind the magic of bubbles and concepts such as reflections and convex objects.
So go outside and play, and let us know in the comments how your child learns with bubbles!
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