Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Toy Review Tuesday: Bubble Wrap

"Warning: To avoid danger of suffocation, keep plastic bag away from babies and children. Do not use this bag in cribs, beds, carriages or playpens. The plastic bag could block nose and mouth and prevent breathing" -- a common and standard warning found on plastic bags and similar plastic sheets.

I remember enjoying popping small bubble wrap between my fingers when I was younger. And I still do to this day. It's oddly soothing for me.

Despite the warning, I laid a sheet of bubble wrap on our floor. It was an open invitation for the kids to pop the air-filled plastic bubbles.

The bubble wrap made it extra fun and motivating for Matthew to practice jumping -- not that he really needs any extra motivation to jump these days ever since acquiring lift-off with both feet simultaneously. He'll jump just for fun even without bubble wrap but it was more fun to hear pop! pop! pop! with every jump. Of course!

What big brother does, little sister tries too. Matthew can jump about 2 inches off the ground and land feet first on the bubble wrap. Pop! Pop! Pop! Elizabeth positions herself -- arms to her side, feet wide apart, knees bent -- then tries to straighten up to jump but lands bottom-first on the bubble wrap. Pop! Pop! Pop! Then she laughs and does it again and again. And again.

We're adding "jumping on bubble wrap" to our list of fun gross motor activities (done with adult supervision).


Rochelle said...

Super fun, our PT at school brought it out one day for the class and all the kids loved it. Of course, we haven't mastered jumping yet but walking on it is pretty fun too. LOL

Ian said...

It sounds like an excellent activity for young children. So much for them to learn, even co-ordinating a jump. Excellent activity. As with all activities with young children, supervision required.

Great article!

Michelle said...

We love it when there is bubble wrap in any packages we receive in the mail ... then we have a jumping and stomping and popping party :)

Monica Crumley said...

What a fun idea to motivate jumping! You should see JM with the bubble wrap game app :-) This would be way more fun. Thanks for the fun idea.