Water beads are nifty little polymer beads quite often used in sensory bins, sensory bags and all kinds of sensory activities for preschoolers. They wiggle, they jiggle, they’re soft and squishy, and oh-so-wonderful for sensory play!
They’re all the buzz in the preschool circles and among the kid-bloggers at the moment.
What are water beads?
Water beads are cool, little polymer beads that start off not much bigger than a grain of salt. You soak them in water, and as they hydrate they get to be about the size of a marble.
Originally, water beads were intended for floral purposes – to be added to a vase of cut flowers. They’re much more fun for sensory play though. At lease we think so!
Have a look, and tell us what you think!
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Where can you buy water beads?
I got my Water Beads on Amazon, but you can buy them at Walmart or a garden centre.
I was so excited when my they arrived in the mail yesterday that I couldn’t even wait for the hooligans before getting started with them.
My son and I dug right in to them, and we soaked our water beads right away.
Soaking your water beads:
We let the water beads sit in the water for a couple of hours to hydrate, and then my sons tried them out.
They LOVED them. Matthew (13), said “These are the best things in the whole house! If I was in the daycare, I’d play with them all day”.
I have to agree. They are very cool.
Today, the Hooligans got to play with them. They were a huge hit.
I made a large sensory bin with our water beads, by simply filling a storage tote with water, and adding some small toys, spoons, scoops and containers.
The hooligans had a blast sifting, scooping and pouring them into ice cube trays and containers.
They LOVED the feel of them too. They’re so soft and squishy. Kind of like a Jell-o marble.
Of course, because they’re the size of a marble, water beads hey pose a choking risk for young children, so please supervise very closely if you’re using water beads with children who still like to put things in their mouth.
A big thank-you to all the creative Momma’s out there for sharing their water bead fun on their blogs!
I never would have known about these little gems otherwise!!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.