About colorful learning approaches
PUSTEFIX Rainbow Bubbles encourage creativity and animate to play cheerful games. In addition, they often serve to illustrate complex facts in a memorable way and to specifically train certain physical abilities.
Rainbow Bubble party in class
In chemistry, biology and mathematics, for example, soap bubbles demonstrate sober and complex laws of nature in an entertaining way. This enables children and students to understand difficult situations much more quickly. Tiring lessons or lectures
are transformed into exciting learning events by clever teachers and professors using soap bubbles. Science centers and exhibitions around the world also rely on the vividness of such captivating demonstrations. Because learning success is guaranteed!
Rainblow Bubbles in therapy work
In rehabilitation, therapists use soap bubbles for movement training and thus gain the necessary attention of their patients. PUSTEFIX Rainbow Bubbles are used today, for example, in the care of people with dementia. Logopedists, in turn, use PUSTEFIX with their (small)
protégés to facilitate the strenuous and often boring training in speech therapy with oral exercises. And who would have thought: Even music students benefit from such PUSTEFIX games when learning the right approach technique for their wind instrument.
Rainblow Bubble clowning
In addition to promoting sensory, motor skills and cognitive abilities, soap bubbles also make a small contribution to reducing the psychological effects of serious illnesses.
Since the 1970s, clinic clowns all over the world have been helping their young and older patients in clinics, homes or hospices to cope with the difficult daily routine. As honorary or full-time clowns, they have made it their task to support patients in their recovery process whenever possible.
Because they know that more often than not, laughter is the best medicine.
Many of the clinic clowns have the colorful PUSTEFIX Rainbow Bubbles in their luggage right from the start, because bubbles create a relaxed and familiar atmosphere in no time at all. The dazzling bubbles let sick people forget their pain, fear and sorrows, again and again. Besides, soap bubbles can serve as a symbol of the cause of the disease (e.g. bacteria or viruses) and can be destroyed by the patients themselves.
This not only positively influences attitudes, but sometimes also illustrates complex medical treatment methods.
The magic of soap bubbles
With hospital clowns Hupe and Rosina in Tübingen's pediatric cardiology department
Clown HUPE, whose real name is Hubert Dudel, was born in 1952 and initially worked in many craft trades before beginning his social training in 1982. He then gained practical experience as a workshop manager for the disabled, in curative education and in nursing care for the elderly. With ALI AND BABA clown juggling, something completely new began in 1993, followed by training as a clinic and home clown six years later. He has been in this position since 2001, and in 2002 he also went into business as a freelancing artist clown. Today, he works as a freelance clinic clown for the pediatric cardiology ward in Tübingen and as a nursing home clown in seven nursing homes across Stuttgart.
ROSINA, born 1961, or Dorothee Gietl in real life, is a dental technician by training and mother to two children After some hospital stays with her daughter, who has a heart condition, she attended a workshop of Hubertus Zorell at the Munich Clinic Clowns. Christmas Eve 1998 she celebrated her first appearance in the children’s cardiology department in Tübingen. In 1999 she trained as a clinic and home clown. Since then she has continued to support the children’s cardiology ward as ROSINA, but in January 2002 she also began to work with Clown HUPE in facilities for the elderly. Both lecturers work together on the subject of “Humour in Nursing” for various institutions.
When ROSINA UND HUPE, the clinic clowns in Tübingen’s pediatric cardiology department, appear on the ward, it suddenly becomes very colorful and round and musical and exciting.
And when the little patients are hardly one meter tall, and only have a small view of the big world from below, then they are often up against a barrier:
“Whoa, what’s that big thing?”
“I’ve never seen such a big, colorful bird before!”
And with sheer caution and a little anxiety, the little patients almost don’t dare to come out behind their parents’ legs or out of their protective embrace.
This is when the magical bear comes to the stage, just in time.
And when the Rainbow bubbles float through the sick room, then all anxiety floats away as well…
They get sparkles in their eyes…
and any discomfort vanishes just as quickly as the Rainblow Bubbles.
And then everyone’s gone.
And again we do some magic…
Yeah, even a magic bear gets tired and has to sleep, right?
Blow away the suffering
With Clown Sternschnuppe (Falling Star) at the Filderklinik
Clown STERNSCHNUPPE, alias Charlotte Huber-Kort, educator by profession, has completed her training as a “clinic clown” in Tübingen. In addition to guest appearances in various psychiatric, disabled and youth institutions, she has been active at the Filderklinik in Bonlanden since 2004. Her work is financed exclusively with donations.
Being a clown who takes the patient’s problems seriously, doesn’t get much applause. Can that work?
Being funny and taking the situation I encounter as a clinic clown seriously at the same time?
Can this work? Doing away with my own empathy for the little patients, in view of their parents’ often great fear and desperation for their child, and even be funny while they are in extreme distress?
For me as a clown, that’s a faith in my own comedy.
Having fun while suffering is against all contemporary pedagogical and psychological doctrine and is often considered being foolish.
Sometimes, as a clown, I wonder myself whether my involvement in a “single world group” to create more humor between all directions is not just a negligible drop in the ocean.
An artist has depicted the foolishness of the Christian in a provocative picture.
A blood-red garbed harlequin head tied down to an inverted cross and exposed to the eyes of the audience in a circus arena.
The Christian clown may become a laughing stock and can make fun of it himself.
What gives me the courage?
When I come to the clinic on Wednesdays and look into the expectant faces of children who are allowed to feel the loving embraces of parents and staff, it is like a look to heaven at night and a call to the infinite depths of the earth. Then I hear an echo:
You are welcome, we look forward to you.
I am often asked by the parents: Where do you get the strength for the task? My life as a clown is not without doubt. Through intensive searching and asking the figure has matured in me. Again and again, it’s walking the path anew.
I draw strength from the encounters with the problems, from the confrontation, from the experience of being carried. Some people are astonished by me, others do not understand and reject me, but others support me with benevolent accompaniment.
For me, children are the most fascinating people ever. There is so much development potential in them. Being with them is the most exciting thing you can imagine.
I’ve been a clinic clown at the Filderklinik for ten years. The conditions were good right from the start. The staff has my back. My clown existence is not a complex subject.
I want to reach the little patients in the clinic, where laughter gets a little dusty. I consider calmness an important virtue in my clownery. It was especially through laughter and personal conversation that I have been able to inspire and motivate the children and parents for humor in the last ten years. At the same time, I would like to offer the little patients the opportunity to pass through their situations with more ease.
I am always quite brief, but most of the time I hit the nail on the head. With too much, I’d overtax the kids.
Paul writes in his letter to the church in Corinth:
“We are fools for Christ’s sake.”
My experience is that the world often encounters those who are led by God with incomprehension.
Of course, alternatives would have been conceivable at my advanced age.
I chose this path as a clinic clown and can’t imagine it any other way. I thank the dear little patients, the parents and the team of regenbogen und Schmetterling (Rainbow and Butterfly) for this time that lies behind me.
I would also like to thank PUSTEFIX especially, for their company along the way with all the lovingly packed bubble packs. They did not all burst, but made children’s eyes shine, and provoked many an unexpected reaction.
It was especially the severely handicapped little patients that I could reach with these iridescent Rainbow Bubbles. What a great pleasure in things that quickly fade away and find their therapeutic place.
My dear little patients and I, Clown Sternschnuppe, owe this to the company PUSTEFIX.
Bye and beep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bubbling success with PUSTEFIX
Therapy Center Iven for Swallowing and Speech Disorders
Gabriele Iven has been working as a speech therapist since 1972. Her therapy center treats patients who previously had a cleft lips and palates. She likes to use PUSTEFIX products in these therapies.
Soap bubbles are particularly suitable for breathing exercises for children. They are used regularly in speech therapy. The controlled and long exhalation that leads to the most beautiful soap bubbles is a particularly good exhalation exercise. Usually, children do not succeed in targeted blowing until they reach a certain age. To be successful, the child must be able to blow in a straight direction. Many toddlers initially blow more upwards or downwards and are unable to bundle the airflow or puck their lips properly.
In my speech therapy practice I work a lot with children who had a cleft lip and palate. We start practicing airflow with these kids very early. The children are between 10 months and three years old. It is imperative that you learn to direct air arbitrarily through your mouth rather than through your nose. For this training it is important that the children do not blow too hard, otherwise they will push the air back through their nose. It helps them if they have an object in their mouth to know exactly where to blow. For example, if they wanted to blow out a candle, most children who had a cleft palate would blow out the candle through their nose. This means that they can only learn to really direct the air out to the mouth if they blow directly into an object.
Some of our toddlers “sing” into the little trumpets with which we begin to practice blowing. Others inhale instead of exhale. Both times the trumpets make a sound. Then the PUSTEFIX Pipe is particularly suitable as a further exercise. This is a pipe, which means an object that has to be put in the mouth. With easy, slow, even and long exhalation beautiful soap bubbles develop. The motivation to blow is high, the joy great, and the exercise effect is “gigantic”.
I have been using the PUSTEFIX Pipes for this purpose for a long time, have had good experiences and do not want to miss them.
Also suitable are the Huiiii Bubblers, Multi Bubble Trumpets and the PUSTEFIX Bubble Straws.