Name: Breathing Bubbles
Age/Developmental Stage: Preschool-Early School Age
Available for these devices: iOS and Android
Who in Child Life does not love bubbles? There isn’t even a negative way to say bubbles!
This app is fantastic for emotional regulation for children to help them release anger, sadness, and worry, but also allows them to embrace joy! The child can rate the intensity of their feelings, and enter a description of a reason for their feelings. Once their reason is entered, they can “blow” the bubble away. Once the bubble is gone, they can rate again if they feel better or need to continue regulation.
I recommend this app for children, parents, and Child Life Specialists, especially for children who are beginning to learn how to understand their emotional regulation. This app can also rate and help parents and children be aware of how they need to regulate emotions and feelings. Parents can even use this app to talk about how experiences make them feel and create open dialogue with families and children, as well as Child Life Specialists to determine how to continue coping and helping address needs.
This also is effective as a form of meditation and really supports proper breathing techniques, especially since the “bubble” does not move quickly and can be repeated as many times as necessary.
This is also great for Child Life Specialists who have low budgeted programs and cannot provide bubbles as readily for all patients.
There may be some ads that pop up when you open the app, but they do not interfere with usage of the app. I had fun using this app myself!