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.
The first thing Goose did was fill up a plastic bottle.
Then she poured some of the water beads into little plastic cups. Lots of great fine motor skills practice going on in this activity.
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!
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.