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Bubble Play
by Karen Penzes
Order:  USA  Can
Key Porter, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

This Gymboree Bubble Play boxed activity kit includes both a board book and a bubble making toy, for hours of outdoor summer fun. The large bubble wand has five ports, allowing little ones to make 'oodles of bubbles with one easy blow', and comes with a bottle of solution to make long-lasting bubbles and a spill-proof tray to hold wand and bottle.

The large board book presents ten different ways to have 'bubbletastic fun'. It begins by suggesting how to get a small child started blowing different sizes of bubbles. The ideas inside are ordered by age (from three months up). They include any materials required, color photos of kids enjoying the activities, explanations of how to interact while doing them and the developmental benefits, and songs to sing along to well-known tunes like Row, Row, Row Your Boat. Activities include touch-a-bubbles and wash-a-bubble for infants; inside-a-bubble and paint-a-bubble for toddlers; and dodge-a-bubble and wonderbubbles for three- and four-year-olds.

There's even a suggestion for a Bubble Party with Bubblolympics as main events and 'edibubble cupcakes' as treats - yumm! My sons always enjoyed blowing bubbles when they were small. Use the ideas in Bubble Play to extend the fun - and learning - that can be had blowing bubbles and watching in wonder as they float away.

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