Pool weather has arrived. Enjoy the new book, Bubbles…Up! and then head outside for these Bubbles…Up! activities.
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Bubbles…Up! by Jacqueline Davies is the story of fun and play at the pool until the thunder arrives. But, after a brief interruption, pool time continues. Let the bubbly play resume.
Enjoy these playful bubble and pool-themed early literacy activities.
Up Through the Bubbles
Skill Focus: Beginning Sound Identification
Materials: tub, water, soap, small waterproof toys, towel
Set-Up: Fill the tub with water. Add soap and stir with your hand to create lots of bubbles. Drop in small waterproof toys.
Play: Have students reach into the bubbles and pull up an object. Name the object. Identify the beginning sound. Lay on the towel and continue until all objects have been retrieved.
-Add various tools such as tongs or spoons to work on fine motor building to retrieve the items.
-Use waterproof letters instead of objects and identify letters for practicing recognition.
-Work on ending sounds instead of beginning sounds.
Color Letter Bubbles
Skill Focus: Fine Motor and Letter Identification
Materials: suction cup bath mat, washable markers, cup of water, pipette, magnifying glass (optional)
Set-Up: Turn the bath mat with suction cups facing upwards in a surface that can get wet. Write letters of the alphabet in the suction cup of the bath mat with the washable marker.
Fill a small container with water and place a pipette and magnifying glass nearby.
Play: Have students identify the letters on the mat. They can use the magnifying glass for a fun flair and make the letter bigger.
Next, have the students will their pipette and fill each letter bowl with water. They will watch the water transform into a color. Continue until all letter spots have been filled.
-Work on patterning with the colors on the bath mat.
Pop a Letter Bubble
Skill Focus: Letter and Number Discrimination
Materials: large bubble bubble wrap, foam letter and number stickers, a pointy tool (pin, sharpened pencil, etc.) you feel comfortable letting your students use
Set-Up: Place a letter or number sticker on each bubble. Place your point object next to the work surface.
Play: Ask students to poke each letter on their bubble map. They can then go back and push the air out of the poked spots.
-Have students peel off the stickers and match them on a sheet of paper with letters randomly written.
-Call out individual letters for students to pop.
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