Jingle Bell Marble Run Visual Tracking Activity
This Christmas activity was one that happened by accident. We were playing with our marble run one day recently when the kids started rolling jingle bells across the floor. Before we knew it, jingle bells were making their way down the marble run. It may have been a certain preschooler who thought, "Hmmmm. I wonder if a bell could fit through that tube...?" And, voila! Our jingle bell marble run visual tracking activity was born! It was a great way to have a little Christmas-y fun while addressing visual tracking skills.
Jingle Bell Marble Run Activity
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We used our marble run for this activity.
It's actually been used in a lot of non-marble run activities in our house, including using waterbeads on the marble run in the water table and sending goop down a marble run.
We simply built a marble run and dropped the bells in! Instant jingly fun!
We lso tried this Christmas marble run activity using small craft pom poms. They were a big hit with my toddler! Use these ones.
Visual Tracking Activity with Jingle Bells in the Marble Run
Read more about visual tracking skills and how they are helpful for skills like handwriting and reading in this previous visual perceptual skills post.
Essentially, following the bell as it rolls along the marble run track is a fun and festive way to help kids work on visual processing skill like the ones needed to track words in a line of text as they read, follow a ball as it's thrown toward them, or follow a line in a maze. Visual tracking skills are also required for copying text from a book, completing word search puzzles, and completing tasks like reading.
Read more about working on visual tracking skills with homemade marble runs here.