In our Smart Talkers Pre-School Communication groups we use bubbles for several reasons to:
- gain and sustain attention which is important for all learning but especially learning language
- gain eye contact which might be a problem for some children
- copy words such as 'bubble', 'gone',' more', 'pretty', 'pop' or later 'that's a big one', 'I like the pretty bubbles'
- create a communication opportunity, so we pause to allow the child to request more at their own level i.e. could be by looking, pointing, saying bubbles or actually requesting verbally
- teach concepts and vocabulary such as 'more', 'gone'
- encourage 2 words together e.g. 'more bubbles', 'bubbles gone'. These 2 words are great 'pivot' words to help develop 2 words together as they allow so many other word combinations e.g. more jumping, more biscuit, more cuddles
- cope with the end of an activity so they know where the bubbles activity fits in the class and that we will do them again next time
- allow them to run off a little steam so we can re-focus more easily afterwards