Sandbox List Adventure VIII: Bubble Wrap Makes Me Cool

8 Mar

For me, it releases tension and stress. I guess it’s the smashing part.

My kids were probably attracted to the pop-pop popping of it all. It’s something you see and have to do. You can’t just throw it in the trash, you have to pulverize it first and then throw it in the trash … well the recycling bin.

I know they had seen it before, but it was the small 5×7 sheet that came with a box of chocolate, at which point they cared more about the chocolate and less about the packaging.

But when I changed the dimensions and provided a full floor-length sheet, you know that the smiles and laughter came out, even without the chocolate.

Bubble wrap … it’s the mom’s miracle worker on a rainy day. Usually I pack the rainy day with plenty of activities, but for some reason our agenda was not welcomed by enthusiasm. They were done with Legos, trains, balloon volleyball, hockey, Connect 4, Play-doh , Transformers, coloring, cars, books, and pretend play. They were done with it and seeing how my little one had a serious runny nose I wasn’t in the mood to escalate it into a full on cold or flu by letting them splash in puddles and be hit by hail. Yes. Today sunny Southern California was at 50 degrees with hail attacking our palm trees.

So I needed something else, because you know kids … they don’t stop for hail. They’re just like the Energizer Bunny, they just keep going all day. So I tried to step up the level of fun and found success with bubble wrap and some awesome 80s tunes. We started off dancing and then just ended up racing up and down the bubble wrap strip. I figured when my Uncle Erick introduced me to bubble wrap back in the 80s it was an awesome way to pass the time. We had no Nintendo, no Atari. We had Lite Bright, Monopoly, Sorry, Battleship and bubble wrap.

And it rocked.

I figured,  since I had such a good time, maybe my preschooler and toddler would get a kick out of it. I was worried because sometimes as parents we think we have the best plan for fun and then realize that it wasn’t as cool as we thought. Thankfully I was as cool as I thought … well at least for today.

 

First we began the setup and it took a little longer than it should have...you know with all the help I was getting.

First we began the setup and it took a little longer than it should have…you know with all the help I was getting.

 

Then in no time at all my son was racing up and down the bubble wrap strip, feeling ecstatic as the pop-pop-popping happened with every step.

Then in no time at all my son was racing up and down the bubble wrap strip, feeling ecstatic as the pop-pop-popping happened with every step.

 

My daughter tried, running, dancing and stomping but when she realized she wasn't smashing as many bubbles she took a new approach.

My daughter tried the running, dancing and stomping but when she realized that she wasn’t getting the same sound effect or smashing as many bubbles as her brother, she took a new approach.

 

She found that squeezing with her hands and tiny fingers was a lot more productive. So then the smiles began.

She found that squeezing with her hands and tiny fingers was a lot more productive. So then the smiles began.

 

Seeing how he was getting tired of all the running and hopping, my son decided to join his sister and use his hands to attack the bubble wrap.

Seeing how he was getting tired of all the running and hopping, my son decided to join his sister and use his hands to attack the bubble wrap. He had some assistance from a rolling pin.

 

In the end the bubble wrap was everywhere, but it was all good. Everyone had fun in the process, including mom.

In the end the bubble wrap was everywhere, but it was all good. Everyone had fun in the process, including mom.

 

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20 Responses to “Sandbox List Adventure VIII: Bubble Wrap Makes Me Cool”

  1. dumblogger March 9, 2013 at 2:08 AM #

    It seems there is no age restriction or social barrier for the enjoyment of the fascinating art, lovely pics – V

    • The Guat March 9, 2013 at 10:19 AM #

      Thanks, I’m glad everyone seems to agree that there is no age limit.

  2. claywatkins March 9, 2013 at 5:59 AM #

    My wife saves the bubble wrap for packages – I get in trouble when I play with it, kids too. It’s gonna rain all day and melt away the snow and I can’t blog all day…. Hmmmm thanks for the idea!

    • The Guat March 9, 2013 at 10:23 AM #

      I am soooooooooo glad that I could provide you with an awesome agenda of fun today. If you get too crazy maybe you can raise the volume on the radio and drown out the popping.

  3. 1pointperspective March 9, 2013 at 8:18 AM #

    I recently had a windfall of bubble wrap at work, and was disappointed to find out it was composed bubble “channels” instead of little pillows, thereby making them impossible to pop. I was so bummed.

    • The Guat March 9, 2013 at 10:25 AM #

      Duuuuuuuuuuuuuude. That would totally suck. I think my kids would have probably put me in timeout if I had brought back this “channel” kind

  4. Cayman Thorn March 9, 2013 at 9:06 AM #

    Leave me to my own devices with that stuff, and you’ll return to a pile of dead bubbles. I can’t help myself, they’re just so damned pinchable.

    • The Guat March 9, 2013 at 10:27 AM #

      Now I know what to send you for your birthday :) Yeah my daughter was more into the pinching and squeezing of the bubbles rather than the stomping

  5. marydpierce March 10, 2013 at 8:40 PM #

    This takes me back to when my son was your children’s age – I’d save bubble wrap for just such an occasion. It’s truly the little things in life, isn’t it. . . .

    • The Guat March 15, 2013 at 10:42 AM #

      I’m gonna start saving it more. I don’t know why we hadn’t done it before. I used to love popping it when I was younger, I guess the light bulb just went off. :)

  6. lameadventures March 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM #

    This post prompted me to Wikipedia bubble wrap:

    “In 1957 two inventors named Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes were attempting to create a 3-dimensional plastic wallpaper. Although the idea was a failure, they found that it did make for great packing material. Sealed Air Corp. was co-founded by Alfred Fielding in 1960.”

    • The Guat March 15, 2013 at 10:40 AM #

      Duuuude. It didn’t even occur to me to look this up, but I should have I could have titled the post Fielding and Chavannes were geniuses!

      • lameadventures March 15, 2013 at 10:50 AM #

        Now you have more in your arsenal to win at Trivial Pursuit.

      • The Guat March 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM #

        Dude you’ll make me sound so smart. Love it.

      • lameadventures March 15, 2013 at 10:54 AM #

        You ARE a fierce competitor.

      • The Guat March 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM #

        I am. Although I haven’t played Trivial Pursuit in a while, but I can still use the information randomly when I play Taboo or Jenga. :)

      • lameadventures March 15, 2013 at 11:17 AM #

        Always thinking and now, you’re even better prepared.

  7. The Hook March 13, 2013 at 10:29 AM #

    Who doesn’t love bubble wrap?

    • The Guat March 15, 2013 at 10:42 AM #

      It rocks on rainy days. Rocks I tell you.

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