A Bucket of Bubbles to Calm a HSC

At one point we were busy with a sensory integration (SI) therapist to learn some tools that would help bring some calm to a busy little mind and body. One of the things that stuck as a calming tool is the ‘bucket of bubbles’. It is something that works for my eldest – at least for a little while.

You need a bucket with some water and a few drops of washing-up liquid squeezed into it. Hand over a long straw to your HSC (mine was given the longest straw I have ever seen by the SI therapist at the time but I have no idea where it came from – we just make a long straw ourselves by fitting five or six regular sized straws into each other) and let them blow through it in the bucket.

The idea is to fill (and if you don’t mind the mess then even overflow) the bucket with bubbles but in a calm, gentle manner, with the focus on long, calm breaths out in to the straw. If your child is bright red and panting for breath it’s not going well……

Bucket of BubblesThis is a great way to get a child to shake off the day, calm down in the process and clear out their head. It gets them to focus and they concentrate on their breathing. Just after school, or at lunchtime if your children come home like mine do, works well – or any point you can see your child heading for Angerland or the Land of Frustration…….

Over to you: Have you tried this in your home? What other calming tools do you use to avoid a meltdown?


About Amanda van Mulligen

Mother, writer, author, blogger. Born British, Living Dutch. I have three Dutch sons and a Dutch husband and I blog about Turning Dutch and raising highly sensitive children.
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14 Responses to A Bucket of Bubbles to Calm a HSC

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  3. zenmamalove says:

    Nice! Another thing that has worked wonders for my 4 year old son is a “sensory bin” I call “rice and beans” which is a giant tupperware bin filled about 1/4 of the way up with dried rice and beans. For some reason he loves to play cars, planes, just about anything in there. 🙂


  4. Joan says:

    Can’t wait to try this


  5. I havent but this is nice to try! #mysundayphoto


  6. darrencoleshill308390132 says:

    Bubbles you really can’t beat them

    Thank you for linking up


  7. Great idea… I haven’t done that but my kids love bubbles. They love to blow them and the love to chase them. I’ve found that Playdough does the trick around here. I just really don’t enjoy spending the better part of the evening cleaning it up and picking out tiny bits off the carpet. Good for them, not me.

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    • I’m sure you have nothing better to do in the evenings than scraping up Playdough from carpets…..a parent’s favourite pastime surely?….. 😉 Have you tried Kinetic sand? That is a less messy because it sticks to itself so is easier to clean up but lovely to play with.

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      • Not yet. I should! I have tried moon sand. Is that the same thing? Cause cleaning up moon sand makes cleaning up play dough fun! When the want to play with that stuff I set up a table outside (it does feel great though and I end up playing more than they do!).

        So kinetic sand is next on my list!


  8. Coombe Mill says:

    What are they drinking? Clio lending a helping hand for Coombe Mill


  9. Bubbles…… who doesn’t like bubbles?? #mysundayphoto


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