I’ve been wanting to do some water bead play with Trevor for awhile now. I’ve seen other bloggers have a lot of fun with water beads and thought it would be a great sensory experience for Trevor. We finally got around to playing with water beads and let me tell you, Trevor loved it! I will definitely have to pick more up.
This is what the package looks like (you can find them in the floral section at Wal-Mart for two bucks):
I filled up his “water table” (aka a plastic storage bin) with water and added some aquatic toys and the water beads:
Unfortunately I didn’t read the package before I set this activity up for him. Otherwise I would have discovered that it takes hours for the water beads to fully expand. It’s not an instant thing! Oh well, I guess we were able to do some work on the concept of little and big with him as a result of my mess-up:
He loved playing with the water beads, even though they started off so tiny:
After he woke up from his nap we went outside and played with them again. You can see how much bigger they got after a few hours:
Checking out a fully hydrated water bead:
He really enjoyed squishing them up once they were fully hydrated (a great way to work on both fine motor and tactile sensory skills):
I used a colander and drained the water beads at night, then added them back to the water table the next day. He got a few days out of the one pack of water beads before they got too damaged to play with.