Marble Play & Learning
Simple PLay With Everyday Items!
Sitting in our garage was this long piece of wood, so I asked my husband to drill holes to fit golf tees. He looked at me a bit odd but went out to the garage as a good husband does. Turns out, we didn’t have a bit small enough, so he diligently got in the Jeep and went to Home Depot just so I could do my marble play activities with Liam! He’s so great.
Here’s my little helper doing some sanding!
To make the activity last a bit longer, I emptied and buried the bag of 50 marbles into the rice sensory bin. This is a good starter activity for Liam since he does not always like to look for things very thoroughly. When he felt he was done finding them, I asked him to look some more and then we went over to the table and counted them. This showed him there were still a few more and he would need to use his eyes and his hands to find the last few.
Here’s the set up for the marble and golf tee balancing activity. He placed a golf tee in each hole and then I showed him how a marble would balance on each one. I continually encouraged him to use his pincer (pincher fingers to him) grasp as he wanted to use his palm a lot. He also realized he needed to go slower and look out for his shirt or arm so he wouldn’t knock other marbles off. That was a learn by doing process!
We even went a little crazy and did some color patterns!
This activity flowed into the next after we cleaned up the golf tees and the marbles into their containers. More fine motor skills with marble scooping into a glass jar! He loved the sound the marbles made and worked nicely without a lot of prompting. He did want to keep using two hands to get the marble on the spoon but I showed him how the other had could hold the container and then the glass jar.
When he was finished, he poured all the marbles back into the container. Time for marble painting. Not to messy but lots of fun marble play. I taped paper to a cookie sheet and we squeezed some paint on to it. At first, he played with the marbles and paint with his fingers and then I showed him how he could tilt the pan and roll the marbles around. We added more marbles and more paint to make some great art!
Here’s the masterpiece!
Have you played with marbles lately or have you lost yours? Haha. I love your comments. Share your simple play and learn favorites in a comment!
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