We discovered water beads last year at the county fair. We had never seen anything like them and were very impressed. Basically they are tiny, hard pellets in a small package and they grow when left overnight in water. At the county fair they used the beads to keep flowers alive since the flowers will absorb the water from the beads. We use them a little differently. Read more to see how...
You will need:
- Water beads
- Small toys
Ok, now on to the fun! For my kids, part of the fun of water beads is watching them change. I filled a large plastic tub with water and added various colored beads. They start off very tiny, but pretty.
Overnight, the balls will continue to absorb water and then they will look like round grapes. I put the beads and some water into a container and gave my kids a scoop and some cups. Little C worked hard to transfer the beads to her cup without spilling any.
What I really love about water beads is that they provide such a fun sensory experience for kids. They are wet, slippery and squishy. They are also fun, so if your kid doesn't really like touching different things, this is a nice way to introduce them to a new texture. It's hard for kids to resist touching them. Heck, it's hard for adults to resist touching them. My husband and I often find ourselves running our fingers through our container of water beads and it's oddly relaxing.
My daughter "A" started sorting the balls by color. When I added some small toys to mix, she started pretending they were in a swimming pool.
These little friends are taking a bubble bath of course!
Since water balls last so long (we have kept ours in water over one week and they lasted until we let them dry out), you will be able to use them for lots of other fun play. We decided to throw them in our water table one hot afternoon. The kids splashed, filled buckets with beads and rolled them down the water slide on our table.
If you haven't played with water beads yet, you should check them out. Even if your kids don't like them, you can always use them to water your flowers. We bought our water beads from Amazon - Ten (10) Bag of Crystal Soil Water Beads (10 Colors).
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