Shop
02074

Tapioca pearls sensory play activity

 
This tapioca pearls sensory play activity from our friends at Mud Mates is lots of fun and cheap and easy to do at home. The tapioca pearls are soft, squishy and sticky and kids will have a blast mixing them altogether then scooping them out into bowls, ice cube trays and containers.
This tapioca pearls sensory play activity from our friends at Mud Mates is lots of fun and cheap and easy to do at home.

The tapioca pearls are soft, squishy and sticky and kids will have a blast mixing them altogether then scooping them out into bowls, ice cube trays and containers.
 

What you’ll need

 
  • 1 x packet of tapioca pearls
  • Colander or sieve
  • Small bowls
  • Food colouring in a range of colours
  • Spoons for mixing
  • Large container or bowl
  • Ice cube trays, containers etc
 

Instructions


1. Cook the tapioca pearls according to the directions on the packet.

2. Drain and rinse the tapioca under cold water and allow it to cool slightly.

3. Divide the tapioca evenly into the small bowls.

4. Add a few drops of food colouring to the first small bowl and repeat for the other small bowls; use one colour per bowl.

5. Mix each small bowl thoroughly with a clean spoon then leave for 5 minutes to allow the colour to absorb.

6. Empty the first small bowl of tapioca into the sieve or colander, rinse well under cold water and then put the rinsed tapioca into the large bowl or container. Repeat for each small bowl.

7. Once all the rinsed tapioca is in the large bowl, mix all the coloured tapioca pearls together with a clean spoon.

8. You’re good to go! Scoop the tapioca pearls into the bowls, ice cube trays and containers for hours of fun.
  

Things to try

 
  • Try adding some cold water to the large bowl or container of tapioca pearls to take away the stickiness and create lots of new ways to play and explore the tapioca pearls. The food colouring may start to run a bit and you might end up with a bit of a murky mess, but it probably won’t stop the kids from playing!
 
  • Try spreading the tapioca onto a baking tray and leave it outside in the sun to dry for a new sensory play activity.
 

Tips

 
  • Packets of tapioca can be found at your local supermarket or health food store. If you can, buy quick cook tapioca which will take about 5 minutes to cook, otherwise you may need to boil it for around 30 minutes for the non-quick packs.
 
  • We would recommend doing this activity outside as the tapioca pearls tend to spread and stick to things, and can also be difficult to clean up off the floor.
 
  • Once the kids have finished playing, drain off any water and store the tapioca in a plastic container in the fridge for another day or two.
 
  • Tapioca pearls are edible, but we don’t recommend your children eat too many as there is a lot of food colouring on them.
 
  • You'll notice that the food colouring does come off slightly in the water and onto your children's hands, but it should wash off pretty quickly and easily.
 
  • The size of the tapioca pearls means that they could be a choking hazard for wee ones, so please always supervise your children closely if they are likely to put them in their mouth.
 

Tell your friends

Like the article you've just been reading? Click on the Refer A Friend link at the top of the page and send the details to friends who might like to read it too.
 

More Hot Topics for you to enjoy


Source: This article was written by Mud Mates - Taking care of messy kids with protective over-garments, perfect for dirty, messy play, indoors and out.
Enquire

You might also be interested in ...

Make your own autumn leaf monsters

Make your own autumn leaf monsters

Collect up some fallen autumn leaves, take them home and make your own autumn leaf monsters with the kids. Autumn is a great time to wrap up warm and get outside with your little ones.
Using natural resources for learning

Using natural resources for learning

Over the years as our living space has decreased and our use of smart phones, tablets and television has increased, children are now often missing out on connections to nature. In our hectic world, children need experiences that were such a big part of their parents’ childhood. Check out these natural resource activities to try with your little ones.

join us

Join us on social media for all our latest news.
facebook twitter pinterest
 

sign up

Sign up and receive our latest newsletters.
First/Last Name
Email
Town/City
 

contact us

mailinfo@under5s.co.nz
phone09 376 4408
PO Box 147429
Ponsonby
Auckland 1144

advertise with us