As we head towards December at full pelt, my thoughts are already in 2013, with ambitious plans. My head is pulling me forward, but my body wants to curl into a ball and hibernate; (for a good few months and wake up astondingly lighter, ha! a girl can dream).

Lessons Learnt Journal has grown astoundingly this year. I am most grateful, but there’s always more to learn. I have met some wonderfully generous bloggers and asked one, “What in your mind makes a good blog?” Her answer, “I think a successful blog is one that meets the needs of its community so look closely at who your community are and ask yourself, “What keeps this person awake at night? How can I help them solve that problem/challenge?”

I’m still reflecting; still working it out.

Here’s what I love to do: share stuff that helps young families. In my daily grind as a mother of four under five, my challenges are many. When I find something that works, something that we enjoy, something that is helpful – I want to shout it out from my rooftop!

I know that life is complicated; and the answer is not to skill up and solve. I don’t want to reduce life, especially life with young children, into some sort of poster, where all things look wonderful and fun – because that’s simply a lie. Having said that though, I have discovered that some things are so simple, and so fun; and I love to share such wonderful things.

Bubble Game: Bubbles in a Bowl

If you ever have young children in your care and you’re strapped for a simple activity that is super easy to set up, this bubble game is all you need.


  • Bowl
  • Straw
  • Detergent or bubble bath
  • Water
  • Towel

How to Play:

Fill your bowl with a small amount of water and detergent or bubble bath. Give your child a straw and let them blow bubbles. The more they blow, the taller the tower of bubbles will be.

Mr E (2yo) loves blowing giant bubbles and popping them. He giggled so much the first time we played this, I couldn’t resist joining him in this bubble game. We made the most gigantic bubble tower. So simple. So fun!

If you have a couple of children playing, you could have a competition to see who could make the tallest bubble tower. Or perhaps after blowing a tower, set a time and see who can pop the most bubbles. There are so many creative possibilities with this bubble game. We would love to hear how you played.

After more short and simple play?

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E: 2 years, 4 months
November 2012
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About the author

Pauline Pauline & Lessons Learnt Journal is all about life with kids. Pauline is an Aussie mum and teacher who shares her love for play, math games, writing and reading activities. She believes that #playmatters, values curiosity & wonder, wisdom, obedience and respect. She also needs naps. When not blogging, she may be found virtually hoarding on Pinterest, trying to decide which Instagram filter to apply, or compulsively refreshing her Facebook feed.

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