This week GAZILLION BUBBLES has taken over UKMums.TV. Not only are GAZILLION BUBBLES toys super fun for kids to play with outdoors, but they also have some great benefits for your child’s health and development.
We asked Child Psychologist, Dr Amanda Gummer about her thoughts on bubble play and the great outdoors, and she whole heartedly recommends it. So what are you waiting for? Head outdoors with the kids for some Gazillion playtime, it won’t just be fun it will do them some good at the same time.
“Just half an hour of outdoor play has lots of health and psychological benefits for children. Simply being outside in the natural light stimulates the ‘happy hormone’ serotonin and helps regulate a child’s biological clock, which is vital to the immune system and positively contributes to a child’s health. We believe that children thrive best when they have a balanced play diet and outdoor play is like the fruit and veg of the play diet, difficult to overindulge on. It’s also the perfect environment for children to run around, scream, shout, and get messy – all the things that children love to do.”
“It can be hard for children to get outside to play but outdoor toys can help, and you don’t need a lot of them; a few well-chosen ones can really enrich the play space.
“One toy we’ve seen children captivated by is a bubble machine! Children seem to have a natural instinct that makes them want to catch bubbles the moment they see them. They will follow a single bubble for miles for the small satisfaction of popping it. There’s a lot of running and jumping involved in catching bubbles too which is simply brilliant exercise (and children are so focused on the bubbles, they don’t even notice it’s good for them). This also helps develop hand-eye coordination and balance. Playing with bubbles is a wonderful social activity as well. Children may decide to compete with each other to see who can burst the most bubbles, or work together as a team to catch them all. However they play together, children are developing key social skills like negotiation and communication. The sight and texture of a bubble, together with the expected surprise when it bursts, really captures children’s imaginations and bubbles really tend to appeal to children with sensory challenges and additional needs.”