I have a jar with all sorts of marbles from my days of playing marbles in France. We use them for all sorts of things. We play marbles (the French and the American way), mix them with play dough, and put them in our sensory table (the weight and smoothness of marbles makes for a great sensory experience). Sometimes we use them to track our way to family rewards.
Rainy Day Fun with Marbles
Marbles are also great for free play! The kids divide them up, sort them, and arrange them in different patterns. This type of free play is a great way for kids to work on the observational skills that both scientists and artists use on a daily basis! Sometimes more than one child will want a particular marble (like the gigantic shooter marble in the photo below), and this gives them an opportunity to work on negotiation and compromise. All of the marbles go in time out if there is conflict, so the kids have gotten really good at working issues like this out on their own!
Do your kids play with marbles? How do they use them? Did you play with marbles as a kid?
There were lots of really great ideas in last week’s after school activities linky! Here were some of my favorites:
- Rope People from An idea on Tuesday
- Cookie Delivery Rube Goldberg Machine from Inspiration Laboratories
- USA Cookie Map from Ducks ‘n a Row
- Teach the Continents by Making a Globe from Gift of Curiosity
- Math Tic Tac Toe from Sparkling Buds
Do you have a post to share this week? The after school linky is a space for you to share crafts and activities for children aged 5-12 years old. My fellow cohosts and I pick our favorites to feature each week, and we may also pin your post to our popular After School Activities board on Pinterest, or some of our personal boards!