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We're kind of obsessed with sensory play in our house! So, when some other blogging colleagues wanted to get collaborate and put together a huge sensory bin filler resource I was ecstatic! Forty bloggers are sharing 40 different fillers over the next 40 days and you can find them all HERE! While doughs and slimes are fun to play with, these bins all feature materials that are "drop and go" so they're really easy to put together when you need a simple activity!

Today's bin in the series features tapioca pearls! They're similar to water beads, but are completely edible!

These edible water beads are perfect for toddlers who still put stuff in their mouths!

  1. tapioca pearls, or boba as they are sometimes called are a Taiwanese ingredient in bubble tea. The balls begin small and puff up after you cook them. They are usually black, but they also can come colored, which I got. I sorted them in to six piles to dye all the colors of the rainbow!
  2. Boil the boba for five minutes in colored water for a pastel pearl.
  3. If you want a more saturated hue, roll the pearl in a bit of gel food coloring after it finishes cooking. Let it sit for 10 minutes to cool down and absorb the color, then rinse the boba off so that the kids don't get too much dye all over their hands!
  4. I set up a pretend bubble tea station for the kids to play with. Straws, water, cups and spoons are plenty to get the imagination flowing!

These edible water beads are perfect for toddlers who still put stuff in their mouths!This simple set up offers lots of educational opportunities. Kids can have fun exploring a new sensory material, practice transferring the boba on a spoon, and pouring water from a pitcher to a cup. We also worked on color theory by combining the right primary colors to make each of the secondary ones!

These edible water beads are perfect for toddlers who still put stuff in their mouths!Any time straws are present, bubbles must be blown! We each tasted the tapioca pearls, they really don't have much flavor. When we lived in Hawaii where there is a strong Asian influence, we had a few bubble tea drinks. I can't say that they're my favorite, but it's certainly a unique beverage experience! This is one food I prefer to play with instead of eating!


from Life Lesson Plans and The Gossamer Girl

Brigette was born and raised in Nebraska, but ever since her husband joined the Air Force, she has traveled around the world with him and their two young kids. First living in Hawaii, and then in Germany, their family has soaked up all sorts of cultural experiences that she loves to weave in to her writing. She and the kids are now back home and are rediscovering their roots. Recently, Brigette started writing a personal blog called The Gossamer Girl where she shares lifestyle stories about h ...

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