Coloured Balls with Tapioca Seeds & Sago
By Hermione Sutton, LWT Rep
- Colour the seeds with food colouring
- Leave in water to soak overnight
- Place in fridge to offer a cold sensory experience
Get ready to play... although that doesn't always go to plan... Read below!
I learnt a valuable lesson about Creative Play today...
It's doesn't have to involve mess, expensive toys, lots of time to arrange, rules (except for the safety ones of course), structure. Our role is to provide the tools for our children to be themselves, explore their world and make their own fun.
My creative play activity this week was 'Coloured Balls'
After searching 3 stores for tapioca pearls I became impatient and bought tapioca seeds and sago, which I coloured with food colouring. Left them in water to soak up the colouring overnight.
I then placed them into the fridge to offer a cold sensory experience.
This activity in my head went so much better (this happens a lot- particularly with my cooking), the colour came off a little in your hands, the balls where soggy, and when I set up the activity my daughter played for about 5 mins and then walked away - I was devastated!
I left the activity out on the lawn, and 20 minutes later she came back and had a ball!
She didn’t match the shapes or care to much about the toys – she just wanted to rub the tapioca into her skin, stand in it, sit in it and just have fun. She got a full sensory experience.
If you are not into messy play – this activity might not be for you.
She played for ages – and incorporated nearly all her body parts! Surprisingly a big success in the end - I just needed to learn to let Imogen experience and play how she wanted too
What about Tapioca Pearls?!
Recommended by Dani Davidson, LWT Rep
- Boil a pot of water
- Put the dried Tapioca Pearls into the boiling water and stir every few minutes
- Cook till they clear
- Rinse to cool down and play!!
Note: Dani left the Tapioca balls slightly opaque to open up conversation about tadpoles and fish eggs with her two girls.
Images by Dani Davidson, LWT Rep