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Bubble Time!

Age Range
3-7 yrs
Setup Time
Under a minute!
Setup Location

Self-control is an important skill for all children to learn. It refers to having power or control over one’s own actions. It also means that an individual knows right from wrong. Children who do not make choices for their own behavior, but instead rely on other children, parents, teachers, or adults to make choices for them, do not learn self-control. These children may follow others’ bad choices and get involved in ridiculing others, taking away others’ things, and not taking responsibility for the consequences of their behavior.

The skill of self-control will allow children to know that the right thing to do is to be tolerant of others despite differences. If students are taught self-control at an early age, then they will feel better about the choices that they do make.

This activity is a fun and simple way to remind kids what it means to have self-control, and it’s a great way to build those incredibly important executive functions! Additionally, blowing bubbles leads to physiological changes that occur from deep, calming breaths. There’s the obvious benefit of “calming down”, but it also actually makes people physically more capable to access their willpower and make better choices!


  1. Blow bubbles at the park for a community fun time

  2. Help all the children to chase the bubbles but NOT burst the bubbles (self-control)!

  3. Let them take turns at blowing the bubbles (sharing)

  4. You can encourage the children to count the bubbles, as they burst on their own!

Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.