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Monday, January 4, 2016

World Peace Bubbles

I spent part of my Sunday helping in the Nursery at our church.
It was an experience.
Twenty little kids, ages 1 ½ to 3 years.
What do you call a group of toddlers?
A tantrum of toddlers?
A teeter?
Tumble?
It would be worth exploring.
I know what you call a group of parents/grandparents who have spent two hours with the little cretins. A tired.
But I digress . . .
This little group of boys and girls had been playing happily.
Reading books. (I use this term lightly.)
Running.
Playing with puzzles. (Again used lightly.)
Running.
Throwing balls and other toys at each other.
Running.
‘Cooking’ such gourmet specialties as . . . trucks. Shoes. At least one book. And two of the puzzle pieces we had been hunting for for over twenty minutes.
Playing with dollies.
Fighting/tug-o-warring with said dollies.
Crying when dollies were put away in a safe place and other toys introduced.
Running.
Falling off the slide.
Devouring snacks.
Devouring their neighbour’s snacks.
Running.
Before you think any of them were in any real danger, let me disabuse you.
No one was in any real danger.
There were few tears (mostly at losing their tug-o-war prop) and no injuries.
But I discovered something.
See?
When a group of toddlers is running madly and the room is started to resemble the streets of Edmonton after the Stanley Cup, all one has to do is turn on the bubble machine.
It’s true. I watched it happen.
The bubbles instantly attracted (and held) the entire group of toddlers.
They (the bubbles, I mean) floated gently into the air and every child in the room stopped what they were doing and exclaimed, as one, “Oooooh!” Then they ran to the blanket/blotter beside the machine and jumped and hopped, trying to catch the little, dripping, glistening balls of wonder and amazement.
It was incredible. Magical.
Quiet.
I’m getting a machine like that!
P.S. I wonder if this would work on the mobs that form after sporting events or political rallies? It's worth thinking about . . . 
Who's with me?!

11 comments:

  1. You might be on to something Diane! Bubbles as antidepressants, bubbles as anger therapy, bubbles for crowd control….the list is endless.

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  2. You may have discovered the best weapon against terrorists. I can just see them all laying down their ugly weapons to chase pretty bubbles.

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  3. Interesting theory, and worthy of a government grant, I'm quite sure!! Report back.

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  4. Yay bubbles.
    Serendipity at work here. I was given a bubble blower for Christmas so I can continue to explore my obsession with frozen bubbles when/if the colder weather ever gets here again.

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  5. I remember using the manual bubble blowing machine (wand, breath and soap) to calm crying children. The calming breath and the visual fixation of watching those bubbles worked magic at engaging their little minds and bringing down the energy. It's amazing when administered in a warm tub at the end of the day!

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  6. Wonderful! I love reading stories like this, you must have been so proud. Hope you're all doing well now!

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  7. My great nephew E was given a bubble machine for Christmas, he was fascinated and walked through the bubbles for quite some time, feeling them pop against his skin.
    I think a tumble of toddlers sounds lovely.

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  8. oh yes bubbles! We bought bubble blowers for $1 for each of our grandchildren for Christmas and they had so much fun with them. Thanks for sharing with us at #OvertheMoon and see you next week.

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  9. You know, you might be right. This could solve a lot of problems! My boys loved bubbles when they were younger - and even now I bet I could get their attention with some!

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  10. Your article on this blog is fantastic. Well done! I’m a big fan of your blog and be sure to keep up the great work.I bookmarked many things from your list!Useful info!

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  11. mamy many thanks for share it . i write a content abount Baby Swing

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