Sensory Play with Tapioca Pearls

Have you ever had Boba Tea or Pearl Tea? You know those chewy, soft balls that sink to the bottom of milky tea that you suck up through a fat milkshake straw? The drink originated in Taiwan as a novelty for children, and has since taken the world by storm with bubble tea houses popping up everywhere. I have yet to be converted to boba, but I when I spotted a bag of multi-colored dried boba in one of our Asian markets, I saw the opportunity for play and exploration.

To read more, I’m writing over on the Kiwi Crate Blog today about our sensory boba adventure.

What do you think about tapioca pearls as a food or art material?

This post is shared on It’s Playtime.



Rachelle is an arts educator, coach, and author of the best selling kids’ craft-meets-science book, TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors. Her articles and ideas on creativity and arts education have been featured in School Arts Magazine, Real Simple, and FamilyFun. Rachelle has an art studio in Palo Alto, CA  and leads an active Facebook group, Club TinkerLab, which is home to over 6000 maker parents and educators.

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  1. M Wall says

    This sounds great! I think a trip to the asian market will make a good adventure as well. So many new foods to look at. Thanks!

  2. Sheau says

    Great idea. It will be hard to resist eating them while playing myself. Eiya loves mochi, she would love this one. : > Happy New Year. Let me know if you still want to get together. Not sure you got my last email about getting together in November.

  3. danielle says

    Sorry to be off topic Rachelle, but how often do you get lost in blog world? Often i will follow your links and hours later i realize im tired and should be sleeping, but instead i’m reading blog after blog and bookmarking ideas, that i may or may not ever get to. It’s crazy!!