Personal Bubble

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    < 1 hour

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    A Little Messy

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Question and Wonder:

  • Have you ever been in a crowded place? How did it make you feel?
  • How close to someone is too close?
  • What is personal space? Do I have it? You?
  • I wonder what it looks like?

Stand with your arms spread wide. Turn in a circle. This is your personal space. Imagine that space as a bubble. It’s your personal space bubble!

Use the ribbons to hang a hula hoop from your shoulders. Imagine the space inside is your bubble.

Imagine and Design:

  • What can you do in your bubble?
  • Can you pop your bubble? How?
  • How do you respect your bubble? Other’s bubbles?

Stand about 2 feet away from your parent or caregiver. Move slowly towards each other until it feels uncomfortable.

Test and Discuss:

  • How close was too close? Did you feel uncomfortable first?
  • What did you learn about personal space?
  • Why is it important to respect people’s bubbles? For people to respect yours?

Extension Activity:

You can help your children increase their understanding of personal boundaries by designating specific spots in the home that are just for them. This can be their bedroom, their bed itself if they share a room, a toy chest, a closet, and more. Allow this place to be only for them and their belongings and make other family members ask for permission before accessing it. The more a child can understand and appreciate his own personal space, the more he can understand it for others.

Did You Know:

Personal Space is a very important social skill for children to learn, practice and grow. Understanding and keeping good personal space helps children to engage more successfully in everyday interactions and in personal relationships with peers and adults, as well as helping them to stay safe.

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