Super Simple Water Bead Play

Super Simple Water Bead Play | Life is Peachy

Water beads have a great squishy texture and are a wonderful addition to sensory play. Goose absolutely loves them. The other day I had some things to get done during Baby Bird’s nap so I set up a bin of water beads for Goose to keep her out of my hair for a while. This super simple water bead play activity kept her entertained for two hours. TWO HOURS!

Now, before I go on, here’s my opinion about water beads. They are labeled as non-toxic and I feel perfectly comfortable allowing Goose to play with them. She’s well past the stage of tasting random things. I wouldn’t, however, recommend water beads for toddlers. Just because something is non-toxic doesn’t mean you really want your kid to eat it and it could be a choking hazard for a younger child. We only bust out the water beads when Baby Bird is asleep because she would try to chow down for sure.

Super Simple Water Bead Play:

  • Water Beads
  • Plastic bin or bowl(s)
  • Plastic scoopers, small cups, bottle caps, clear plastic bottle, etc.

I bought a pack of dehydrated water beads from the Dollar Tree. The pack had blue, green and clear beads. I put them in a bowl of water before going to bed and they were nice and plump and ready to go the next morning. You can also buy the already hydrated kind in the floral section of stores such as Wal-Mart or Michael’s.

Super Simple Water Bead Play | Life is Peachy

Super Simple Water Bead Play | Life is Peachy

 

The first thing Goose did was fill up a plastic bottle.

Super Simple Water Bead Play | Life is Peachy

Super Simple Water Bead Play | Life is Peachy

 

Then she poured some of the water beads into little plastic cups. Lots of great fine motor skills practice going on in this activity.

Super Simple Water Bead Play | Life is Peachy

 

She asked me to fill up the plastic bottle with water so she could see if the water beads would float. I was really proud she thought of that all on her own!

Super Simple Water Bead Play | Life is Peachy

 

I love when I find a really simple activity that takes only a couple minutes to put together and it entertains the kiddos for so long.

If you would like to customize this activity for toddlers, check out this tapioca pearls water bead alternative by Teaching Mama.

 

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Scented Blue Shaving Cream Sensory Bin

Scented Blue Shaving Cream Sensory Bin | Life is Peachy

My favorite sensory bins are the ones that are easy to put together. I threw this scented blue shaving cream sensory bin together in literally like two minutes and it provided about an hour of sensory exploration for Goose.

Items needed:

  • Plastic bin
  • Scented shaving cream (Get it cheap at The Dollar Tree)
  • Tempura paint
  • Miscellaneous items with various textures. I used a flower shaped sponge, glass beads, a craft stick, blue colored uncooked rice, a couple pom poms, and two small plastic cups. Just use whatever you have handy!

I added peach scented shaving cream to the plastic bin, drizzled some blue (Goose’s choice) tempura paint on top then threw in a few random items with different textures.

Scented Blue Shaving Cream Sensory Bin | Life is Peachy

 

Goose started out by sprinkling some rice over the top and stirring it with the craft stick. She said she was making a cake.

Scented Blue Shaving Cream Sensory Bin | Life is Peachy

 

If you’re doing this activity with a younger child, just make sure no taste testing is happening. We love exploring sight, sound, touch and smell with this activity but no tasting! I set up this sensory bin for Goose during Baby Bird’s nap. She is really into tasting everything so this is not an activity suitable for her.   

The first time Goose got some of the shaving cream on her finger she asked me to wipe it off. I had to tell her it was okay for it to be on her hands…

Scented Blue Shaving Cream Sensory Bin | Life is Peachy

 

…then she dug right in!

Scented Blue Shaving Cream Sensory Bin | Life is Peachy

Textures explored include soft, squishy, hard, smooth, grainy, etc…

Tiny little mess on the table but considering the potential mess this could have made, I’d say she did really well! I do not hover over her trying to prevent messes while she’s doing sensory activities. I figure that since I am giving Goose the materials to play with, I need to be prepared for the fact that messes will happen. But if the thought of tempura paint and shaving cream ending up on your floor gives you heart palpitations, just bring this activity outside if weather permits. You can also use a Splat Mat (we love ours!) or a cheap plastic tablecloth from the dollar store.

Scented Blue Shaving Cream Sensory Bin | Life is Peachy

 

Using scented shaving cream in sensory bins is so much fun. Here are a couple other shaving cream activities we love:

Shaving Cream Sensory Pool (one of my all time favorites)

Chocolate Shaving Cream Autumn Sensory Bin

 

What is your favorite kids activity for shaving cream?

 

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Halloween Orange Goop Sensory Bin

Halloween Orange Goop Sensory Bin | Life is Peachy

I love Oobleck. It provides such a great opportunity for kids to explore science and it’s so much fun to play with. This recipe is orange so it’s perfect for Halloween and it only requires 3 ingredients so it’s super easy to whip up.

Ingredients needed:

  • 1 box cornstarch
  • 2 packets orange Kool-Aid powder
  • Water
  • Food coloring (optional)

Mix 2 packets of dry Kool-Aid powder and 1 box of cornstarch in a plastic bin. Slowly add approximately 1 cup of water into the cornstarch mixture and combine using your hand. Make sure to add the water SLOWLY. The texture will be crumbly at first but it will become honey-like. You may need to use slightly more or less than 1 cup to get the desired texture. You should be able to squeeze a handful of the goop into a ball and it will “melt” once you stop squeezing.

Now, let me explain the orange water…I didn’t know if the Kool-Aid would make the goop orange-y enough so I added orange food coloring to the water. In the end, I don’t think this step was necessary as the Kool-Aid would’ve been plenty orange, so skip the food coloring if you’d like.

Halloween Orange Goop Sensory Bin | Life is Peachy

 

I added some plastic Halloween cookie cutters and scoopers from a pumpkin carving kit. That’s it! Super simple!

Goose’s friend Chickadee joined in on the fun too.

Halloween Orange Goop Sensory Bin | Life is Peachy

 

Halloween Orange Goop Sensory Bin | Life is Peachy

 

Goose loved watching it melt and drip off her hand.

Halloween Orange Goop Sensory Bin | Life is Peachy

 

The furry brown leg in the right side of this picture belongs to Chickadee’s dog. He likes to hang out too and he’s super sweet and we love him.

Halloween Orange Goop Sensory Bin | Life is Peachy

 

Lots of gooey fun!

Halloween Orange Goop Sensory Bin | Life is Peachy

 

The girls played outside until the sun went down!

Halloween Orange Goop Sensory Bin | Life is Peachy

 

It only takes a few things to put together a simple yet fun sensory bin. This Halloween Orange Goop Sensory Bin took literally 5 minutes, at the most, to put together and it provided well over an hour of entertainment for the kiddos. It would have been even longer had it not gotten dark outside!

There are no pics of Baby Bird in this post because she wanted nothing to do with this activity.

If you want to store the goop for later use, keep it in a sealed container in the refrigerator. If it dries up a bit, just add more water and mix well. Do not leave this sensory bin on your kitchen counter for 3 days as it will grow mold…not that I did that or anything…

Another fun goopy sensory activity is our Minty Christmas Oobleck. It’s fun for any day, not just Christmas!

More fun sensory activities:

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