Water Beads for Sensory Play
Inside: water bead sensory play for your preschooler.
For starters, who likes a good sale?!
...And on another note, have you tried water beads?!
I know you have seen them. They are EVERYWHERE!
It wasn't until I had a small (actually very large) nudge from a friend that I added them to my Amazon Cart.
I mean, I knew about them but didn't know why I (I mean why WE) needed them.
And now...I GET IT. Simply put, they are awesome.
For starters, these water beads come as tiny little balls the size of a pinhead. Add some water, watch them grow for 8 hours, and the fun is on.
Now, 8 hours may seem like a lifetime to a four-year-old.
So here's the trick:
- Add them to water before dinner, watch them grow some before bedtime.
- Send your preschooler off to bed with a little, "Tomorrow when you wake up, I bet your water beads will be even larger in size! You better get to bed so we can see them in the morning." (wink, wink)
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Now, here is the most important part:
Do not leave your toddler or preschooler unattended with water beads. They are not edible and you do not want them putting the water beads anywhere near their mouth.
My three-year-old and four-year-old approached these water beads very differently.
My four-year-old scooped and transferred. He also funneled each water bead into different containers testing out just "how many" fit.
My three-year-old wanted to grasp each individual water bead (good for fine motor strength) and squeeeeeeze as hard as he could until they broke. I suppose another great way to strengthen those little fingers.
Again, this is why you are staying close, along with placing a shower liner underneath the bin. - it makes for a much smoother clean up.
We typically bring out sensory play once our 14-month-old takes a nap. You can see an entire list of sensory play activities here.
These water beads are stimulating the senses and offering a way for siblings to work together.
Sensory play will also encourage:
- Conversation skills
- Inquiry-based learning
- Problem Solving
- Calming down
- Practice self-control
- Fine motor development
And much, much more!
How will you play with them today? Will you simply add water, or freeze them like Busy Toddler did here?