Great activities to do with a Bubble Tube

  • 21 May 2019

These tubes can form part of sensory rooms for therapy centers and allow us to create environments and situations with the use of resources including colors, vibration, reflections and user interactivity. They offer the possibility to work on visual tracking, motor skills and understanding cause and effect, among other activities. With this resource, people with cerebral palsy, ASD, brain injuries, intellectual or visual disabilities, the elderly or young children who need early intervention can work on improving their physical and emotional health.

After months of work on this sensory resource, and with the aim of making the most of this tool, BJLive! has created 51 different activities to do with a bubble tube.

There is a passage from Alice in Wonderland, in which Alice comes to a fork in the road and asks the Cheshire cat which road she should take. “Where do you want to go?” replied the cat, sardonically, to which Alice replied that she did not know. With his big smile, the Cheshire cat declared that, therefore, it did not matter which direction she took. This reflection sums up the aim of this collection of activities: each one of them can lead us in a certain direction, but none is better than another. Every user will achieve their goals with a certain use of the bubble tube, or even a combination of several different functions. We made it our mission to make this guide available to therapists and educators to allow them to work on the cognitive and educational development aims of every user.

I breathe, therefore I am

This is the intriguing name of activity number 17. It is particularly interesting for people with multiple disabilitiesdementia, cerebral palsy or brain injuries. To begin the activity, the bubble tube must be set to control by audio/microphone, which can be moved close to the mouth or even the nose to allow the tube’s different functions to be activated by the person’s breathing when it is detected by the microphone.
This activity helps us to work on breathing by encouraging the user to concentrate on the rhythm and depth of their breaths, blowing and phonation, in addition to understanding cause and effect. In effect, our breathing produces changes in color. Things happen when we breathe. We breathe and we exist. That is why a tube is a tube and so much more: a tube can be anything that allows us to explore and build our skills.

You can download the 51 activities to do with a bubble tube right from this link. You can also contact us to find out how to make the most of any of the elements in your sensory room.

More information

If you would like to request more information on our SHX System or our multisensory environments, feel free to contact us–our consultants will be delighted to advise you. Alternatively, you can visit our website here.


Written by:

Bibiana Escribano

Occupational Therapist. Specialist in pshycomotricity, music therapy and sensory integration.

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