Learning Self-Control with Bubbles

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Ahhhhh…..bubbles!

Kids love them!  We use them to elicit language, to promote social skills and to increase eye-hand coordination.  Have you ever thought to use them to teach self-control?

Teaching self-control to children can be done in a fun way using bubbles.  When I use this activity, I introduce it with a story about a child who may have some self-control issues.  The story “No, David!”, by David Shannon, is a good choice for 3 year olds.  I also like “Louis goes to Personal Space Camp”, by Julia Cook, for 4-5 year olds.  She is also the author of “My Mouth is a Volcano”, also about Louis.  Most classes have at least one “Louis”!

I pull out the bubbles after the story and explain the rules for practicing self-control. ” First, I will blow the bubbles, but you will use your self-control and not pop the bubbles.  Even if one lands on you, keep your hands down.  You can watch them, but no popping!  Ready?  Set.  Go!”

Continue for about 30-60 seconds.  Stop and ask them if that was hard for them.  Self-control can be hard for anyone!

“Next, you get to pop the bubbles, but only if I call your name.  Use your self-control and your listening ears!  Ready? Set. Go!”

Ask if it was easier, knowing they would get a turn.  

“Next, everyone gets to pop the bubbles, but practice your self-control by keeping your hands away from your friends.”

Now the students have a frame of reference for future use of “Use your self-control”.

Bubble Recipe:

3-4 cups of water, 1 cup of dish soap, 1/4 cup of corn syrup (for stronger bubbles)

Have a blast!!

Let me know if you tried this and if it helped.  I’d love to hear your ideas for teaching and reinforcing self-control in preschoolers.

Miss Debi

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