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”.
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.