Why Bubble Tubes or Columns are So Fascinating

Have You Ever Wondered Why Bubble Tubes or Columns are So Fascinating? Why can we sit and watch and listen to them for hours and get lost in the joy?

I believe I have one possible answer….It starts in our development…Think about it, we start out developing in a womb filled with fluid…to protect us…we venture forth and start to grow…at some point in time we accidently produce “raspberries” the act of forming those little bubbles on our lips and some adult (usually a significant one) responds to this with a mimic of the “raspberries” right back at you and it’s a game of imitation… the beginning of some more “bonding, play, communication, socialization and control…” Most of the time, to this point in development with the exception of “smiles” our world has been "manipulated” by us infants through “crying” and relying on Mom to understand what the “cry” meant; sadly not necessarily a joyous experience though it usually got results. …But, controlling your environment or rather people through the act of “raspberry bubble blowing” had a Whole different FEELING…If you watch the infant…Raspberries and Smiles and often laughs go hand in hand…the experience was Fun… and the infant tries hard and fast to “learn” to repeat this action…getting more and more reward…which I want to point out is a fun dynamic experience shared between the adult and infant…

We continue to experience the fun assigned to bubbles, in a glorious bubble bath in the bathtub, splashing water and making bubbles as we grow…to the joyful experience when an adult uses a wand and makes magic happen with bubbles floating through the air in iridescent colors…or remember when you first learned how to use a straw and blew into it; in your chocolate milk, oh the fun of the sound and bubbles…Can you remember how hard you worked to blow that first bubble when you got a piece of Bubble Gum…it had to get bigger and bigger until it busted…

Our love of bubbles expanded as we grew and experienced nature and watched the bubbles form on the beach as the ocean waves washed on and off shore or we sat or played by a babbling brook or creek with friends or significant others…

I guess what I am getting at, is most of our experience with “bubbles” has been positive… Leaving us with happy feelings and fun memories…it is why these unique and large bubble columns prove to be essential for a Multi-Sensory Room for all ages…

Addendum: The above is a social-emotional explanation of why we may like Bubble Tubes but, it is not the only one. Here briefly are three more:

1. The very size motivates our curiosity… they are bigger than life as they say; are three dimensional and think of the times you visited places or things just to experience the magnificent size…like the Grand Canyon or the Empire State Building…
2. Another maybe the “hypnotic effect” they have…like watching flames in a fireplace…
3. And one last one for now, the very fact they are “novel” and are not common in our daily environment…

Note: In a Multi-Sensory Environment that does have a vibro-acoustic ball pool pit, (which incidentally, if the clear balls are used, looks like a giant bubble bath)it is the preferred piece of equipment for kids.

The preferred piece of sensory room equipment for all ages is the bubble tube*…
*Data from Sensory Response Forms

©LMessbauer 11/14