We had just bought a bag full of marbles with different looks, textures and sizes, and I gave them to E along with a bowl full of water beads and a tray, and let her explore them however she wanted.
(E was 2 years and 4 months old.)
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Materials for Sensory Play with Water Beads and Marbles:
- Water beads.
- Tray, box, sensory bin or similar to contain the other materials.
- Smaller containers.
- Kitchen utensils like tongs, ladle, etc. (optional).
She stuck her hands into the bowls of marbles and water beads and felt the difference.
She decided to dump the marbles next,
followed by the water beads.
She spent a long time picking up marbles and water beads with all the tools at her disposal: hands,
The tongs remained her favorite, though. She spent quite a lot of time using them to pick up marbles, then squeezing the tongs over one of the plastic bowls until the marbles “shot out” into the bowl, making a satisfying “plunk”.
Once all the marbles were back in a bowl, she sorted the water beads into another bowl.
She wasn’t done with the marbles yet, though, and dumped them back on the tray to start over.
This time, she sorted them into the net they’d come in
before dumping them out yet again 🙂
When setting up this activity, I’d thought she’d be more interested in the water beads, but she actually spent a LOT of time exploring those marbles!
Does your child enjoy playing with marbles? How have you used water beads and marbles? Leave a comment below!
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