PRACTICAL LIFE: BLOWING PRACTICE FOR TODDLERS

I didn’t realize how important blowing is (and how much practice it would take before an actual blow happens) until we started swimming lessons for our 20-month-old.

Blowing is one good way to get your child comfortable in the water (for swimming) because it’s a practice in breathing and helps your toddler get used to water in his/her face.

Blowing was something we’ve always done with our soups — so our son knows the word blow, but as we had no choice but to enroll him in a swimming class because there’s a pool near our home that he can access, we realize now more than ever how essential knowing how to blow is.

So just last week- we decided to incorporate more blowing activities in our everyday, and these are what I came up with. Feel free to suggest more in the comment section below, and if you’re also thinking of how to practice this practical life skill with your toddler, hope this blogpost helps you!

1. BLOWING HOT FOOD

As mentioned, this is something we’ve always done. Our son has learned how to scoop soup with a spoon and put it close to his mouth to blow. He doesn’t always get to participate in making the food cooler, but the process is important — he knows what to do when the food is too hot for his tongue.

2. BLOWING CANDLES ON A BOOK

Well, this was coincidental. We have this book called Night Lights and it features candlelights. So when I saw it the first time, I thought it would be great to blow the candles on the book so he can associate it with birthday candles for his future birthday cakes! I guess you can also just print something like this and practice blowing before your toddler’s actual birthday.

3. BLOWING POMPOMS

Since we have a lot of small pompoms, I thought they would be great and fun tools for blowing (you can work with table tennis balls, too). You can use a tray to contain them, or like in my photo, we used a small photo frame (glass taken out) just cause it’s not yet used as an actual photo frame.

4. BLOWING WATER

Use any basin or cup, put water, and begin blowing! We usually do this during bathtime and use our basins in the shower (or the good, old tabo). When your toddler can blow hard enough for more work, you can add a table tennis ball and watch it move in all directions! Fun!

You can do this in swimming pools, too! Blow straight from the pool — one way to get your child comfortable in water.

5. BLOWING BUBBLES

Last but not the least (and probably the most common blowing work we can think of for kids), you can of course work with bubbles! I found these mini-bubbles (set of 6 for around PHP 150) from Toys R Us. I’m loving the size for my toddler. He cannot make bubbles out of them yet, but the process is so fun. Loving the size for me, too, because I can bring one in my bag and use it whenever we feel like it.

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That’s it for today. Hope this was helpful, and like I said, feel free to share your blowing work for your toddlers, too! Would love to hear them! Till the next blog!

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