Can you pop them with your head?

Dr. Seuss’ birthday was last week, and sadly, it passed unacknowledged here at Abundant Life.  You see, it was not until I opened my computer after a full day of intense social-emotional skill building that I remembered the widely celebrated day.  So, in honor of Dr. Seuss (and in the style of Green Eggs and Ham), I have written this poem titled, “Love to Pop.”  To fill out the back story, I saw bubble wrap at the dollar store the other day, and taped it to the floor in our space. Curious?  You should be!

Love to Pop

Love to pop
We love to pop

That bubble wrap
That bubble wrap
Oh how we love that bubble wrap

Do you like
To make it pop?
Yes, we like it, like to pop.
Small or large, don’t like to stop!

Would you like it
On the floor?
Oh, yes, we’d like it on the floor.
We’d like it taped onto the floor.
Yes, we like it, like to pop.
Small or large, don’t like to stop!

Can you pop it with your knee?
Two at a time or maybe three?
Yes we can pop it with our knees.
Pop by twos or even threes.
Yes, we like it, like to pop
Small or large, don’t like to stop!

Can you pop it with your thumb?
Pinky? Pointer? No problem!
Yes, we like it, like to pop
Small or large, don’t like to stop!

Can you pop it with your head?
Use gross motor skills instead?
Sure, we can pop it with our heads.
Hair works, too! Even foreheads!
Yes, we like it, like to pop
Small or large, don’t like to stop!

Can you pop it with a car?
The ones up close and really far?
Yes! We can pop it with a car.
Strong hands and shoulders push it far
Yes, we like it, like to pop
Small or large, don’t like to stop!

What about a somersault?
Or popping bubbles with a vault?
Yes, with a somersault or vault.
Impulse control skills help us hault
Our bodies while mid-somersault
If our friends we might assault
Communicating by default
To clear the path for us to vault
Or roll a popping somersault.

Can you pop them in the dark?
Use flashlights to find your mark?
Yes, we can pop them in the dark.
Sensory play’s our hallmark.
“You’re curious!” you might remark
It’s popping bubbles that will spark
A lifelong learning kind of mark
Yes, we like it, like to pop
Small or large, don’t like to stop!

When our popping time is through
Self-regulation helps to do
The clean up and the follow through
These are the skills that we, the crew
Are building through a day or two
Of self-directed pop breakthroughs
Where curiosity’s never taboo!
Yes, we like it, like to pop
Small or large, don’t like to stop!


You see, it’s with our knees
By twos and threes
Or thumb, Or hair
Oh, anywhere!
With a car
Near or far
With summersaults
Or even vaults
We learn today
Through days of play
The things we’ll need
To help us read
Subtract or add
Keep cool when mad
Make friends and amends
Learning extends
To every part of everyday
And that is why we love to play
Yes, we like it, like to pop
Small or large, don’t like to stop!