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Sensory Beads and Your Toddler

Sensory Beads and Your Toddler – Have you ever “made” water beads before?  They are SO much fun!
I picked up a few packets at Wal-Mart.  I think each pack was less than $2 and they come in a variety of colors.
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You pour them in a container with some water.  I used a plastic shoebox (one of G’s busy boxes, actually!).  They are itty bitty, but start to absorb the water.  This is what they looked like after only about 30 minutes:
sensory beads
When we woke up the next morning, they were ready to go!
I did drain off some of the excess water.
sensory beads
We talked about some ground rules, like being gentle and not EVER putting them in our mouths.  I also sit right across from him as he plays.
sensory beads
He loved dipping his hands in and immediately started squealing!
We talked about how they felt (cold, smooth) and what color we saw.
sensory beads
He asked to stir so I got him a long handled plastic spoon (from the Dollar Tree).
He loved stirring and mixing and “catching” the balls on his spoon.
sensory beads

 

We also added an ice cube mold and he (totally on his own!) began transferring the water beads to the mold.
tiny objects
Finally, I grabbed a handful of tiny objects and we named each one (so great for vocabulary development!).  Then, we dropped them into the water beads and played with it as a sensory tub!  He LOVED searching for the tiny objects and we did it over and over and over again!
I let ours last several days and then poured them out.  As long as you supervise (which I do whether he’s playing with rice or cotton balls!), they are SUCH a fun sensory activity!
Written by Jill
 
You may also want to check out our OUTSIDE Water Beads Sensory Table!
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2 Comments

  • Reply Mommy of Many Hats

    We love our water beads, however, I never knew you could purchase them without water. I’ve found ours already filled with water at our local dollar store Thanks for sharing!

    April 2, 2013 at 9:31 pm
  • Reply Becky

    I’m going to have to try this!! Thanks for posting!

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    April 25, 2013 at 9:49 pm
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