I love bubble wrap. Yes, I am the one who asks for the bubble wrap right after someone has opened a box. It is hugely satisfying. My kids like bubble wrap as well, so making good use of it in our homeschool was a no brainer. These ways to have fun with bubble wrap are creative and engaging for children of any age.
Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day always falls on the last Monday of every January. This makes a great time to do some research about it. After all, it is a remarkable creation used for more things than we could ever imagine.
Protecting our precious packages and being addictive isn’t the only reason why bubble wrap is used around the world. If you are scratching your head about it, you are not alone. My kids were shocked and even full of giggles learning what bubble wrap could be used for and to learn some cool facts about it.
Check out these interesting facts about bubble wrap.
- Bubble wrap was initially made for —— wallpaper. Yes, wallpaper. Can you imagine?
- It can be used as all types of insulation. For example, it was used as insulation for greenhouses, for homes, and even to combat hypothermia (in Norway).
- If you see someone with a backpack on the movie screen, chances are it is full of bubble wrap. This makes the bag light so actors can act out their scenes without being weighed down.
- For the T.V. show Wired, a contributor figured out that it takes 39 layers of bubble wrap to survive a six-story window fall. I have NO idea how this person could have come up with this statistic.
- The Boy Scouts have set a bubble wrap popping world record.
- You can order bubble wraps in fancy shapes, like hearts. Hearts and bubble wrap seems like a perfect combination.
- Someone has worn bubble wrap as a wedding gown.
- Protect your fruit! You can place bubble wrap at the bottom of your fruit tray compartment in the fridge to keep fruit from bruising.
- There is a Popping Bubble Wrap Facebook group that has a considerable following – 460K members!
- Ever wanted to wear a bubble wrap suit? I know some moms who might love their children to wear one.
I got a little carried away there, but I am sure you get my drift. Bubble wrap is all-around cool and satisfying. I dare someone to sit next to a strip of bubble wrap and NOT be tempted to pop one or two, or 50. It may just be impossible.
Try some of these ideas for fun ways to use bubble wrap with your family.
Bubble Wrap Games
Brilliant Bubble Wrap Games |Mosswood Connections
Popping a Rainbow Alphabet Game | Toddler Approved
Bubble Wrap Fun and Games | ABC7Chicago
Candy Ball Bubble Wrap Game | Kids Play Create
DIY Bubble Wrap Games | Moving Insider
Bubble Wrap Crafts
Bubble Wrap Hearts | Mess for Less
Printed Tote Bags with Bubble Wrap Design | Homegrown Friends
Firefly Craft | Kids Activities Blog
Bubble Wrap Sea Bubbles | All Free Kids Crafts
Hot Air Balloon Bubble Wrap Craft | I Heart Crafty Things
Apple Bubble Wrap Trees| Preschool Powol Packets
Bubble Wrap Printing | Arty Crafty Kids
Bubble Wrap Activities
Elephant Stomp Gross Motor Activity | Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Fine Motor and Auditory Fireworks Activity |The O.T. Toolbox
Car Graphing on a Bubble Wrap Road | Life Over C’s
Bubble Wrap Foot Stomp Painting Activity for Toddlers | Sunshine Whispers
Roller Painting Bubble Wrap Activity | My Bored Toddler
Fun Fine Motor Activities | Laly Mom
Bubble Wrap Educational fun
Bubble Wrap Name Activity | Fantastic Fun and Learning
Name Writing Activity using Bubble Wrap | Coffee Cups and Crayons (I different from above, promise.)
Reading and Math Bubble Wrap Learning | Meaningful Mama
Count and Pop Bubble Wrap Math and FREE Printable | A Little Pinch of Perfect
Hop on Pop Rhyming Activity | Fun Learning for Kids
Science Exploring Forces with Bubble Wrap | Science Sparks
The truth is that bubble wrap is not really addictive to me. It is a stress reliever, and it is oddly satisfying to pop the bubbles. Who needs stress balls when you have bubble wrap? I surely don’t, and it’s FREE.
Bubble wrap is calming, and soothing even. It takes your mind off of life and helps you focus – or maybe that’s just what it does for me.
Remember to save all the bubble wrap you can get and try these hands-on ways to have fun with bubble wrap at home.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!