Water beads! Nifty, little polymer beads for sensory bins, sensory bags and all kinds of sensory play!
They wiggle, they jiggle, they’re soft and squishy, and oh-so-wonderful for sensory play! They’re Water Beads! Have you heard of them?
They’re all the buzz in the preschool circles and among the kid-bloggers at the moment.
They’re 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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I was so excited when my Water Beads 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 them right then and there.
We let them sit in the water for a couple of hours to hydrate, and then my sons tried the 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 SOOOOO 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, they pose a choking risk for young children, so please supervise very closely if you’re using waterbeads 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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