Welcome to Teach Me Tuesday! A (mostly) weekly series where we share all things kid-friendly that you can do with your kids or teach them how to do. It can be educational, artistic, scientific, hands-on…anything goes as long as it’s kid approved! Today our Kids’ Activity Contributor, Michelle, is back to share Marble Tracing Bags!
Hi Mine for the Making friends! It is Michelle again from Delicate Construction and I have another fun kids activity! With back to school time coming, I wanted to share something that you could do with the little kids that is both fun and a great way to work on fine motor skills. My daughter Avery (age 4) had a blast with this and we did both letters and numbers but also had some fun with shapes as well. All you need are three things you may even have at the house, but if not, that you can grab at the dollar store and you are ready to go!
This is a super simple and versatile activity that can help with introduction, practice and review of the shapes of different numbers, letters and symbols for young children. I grabbed my hair gel and marbles at the dollar store and I had a 2 1⁄2 gallon bag at home. Normally I make these in gallon bags, but all I ended up having on hand was the 2 1⁄2 gallon bags and you know what, I think this is a fun size too because it allows for more tracing in their multiple symbols or shapes or even larger or more detailed designs.
I just opened up the bag, and since I had the large one, I added the whole bottle of gel. If you had one gallon bags you could use half the bottle and make two bags if you would like. At this point, I also added the food coloring or liquid watercolor, whatever you have on hand.
After that I added the marbles, same as the gel, I put the whole bag in but if you had gallon bags, just split it in half. These were also the flat sided marbles, I have done it with round ones as well and both work great.
Once you have everything in the bag, all you need to do is duct tape the top and you are ready to roll!
The way it works is you write the letter, number or shape on a piece of paper and place it under the bag.
Then the children maneuver the marbles in the bag to trace the shape, number or letter.
It not only helps with recognition, but it is also great for fine motor development as well when the little fingers are maneuvering the marbles around in the bag.
That is all for today! I hope this is something to use and I can’t wait to see you when I am back again next month with a fun fall craft!