We love glass gems, they are so fun to feel because they are cool and smooth, and are captivating to look at because they are shiny and colorful, and neat to listen to when clanked together. Really, they are just all around fun and we use them for a ton of things like counting, sorting, and this fun creative activity that pretty much took no prep at all. Perfect!
Glass gems (I purchased ours at Michaels. We used blue, white, clear, black, and hear shaped gems)
Clear round lids (optional)
Make sure to supervise carefully because glass gems are small and can be swallowed. I always whisper to my daughter to make sure not to put them next to her mouth, then I keep a close eye on my toddler. If he puts it next to his mouth I correct him and tell him not to. If I handed the gems to him while telling him not to put them in his mouth, the first thing he would do would be to try and sneak one in his mouth. He thinks he is so silly and sneaky sometimes…I can only imagine what he is going to be like as a teenager! Anyhow, onto the activity :).
1. Give child glass gems and lids and see what they create.
We built our first snowman together and then they created their own. We used the lids to pile gems on for our snowman.
To add a little learning to our creative play, once our snowman was done we counted how many gems we used for the head, tummy, and bottom. We also sorted the gems by color. Easy and fun!