Water beads are such a hit in our house! They are great for all ages and so easy. Just dump them in a container and add some water then let the fun begin!
Have you ever let your kids play with water beads before? My kids beg to play with them and I should let them because it’s so easy for me. It’s the perfect activity for when it’s hot outside. It’s also great to do on a rainy day too.
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What Are Water Beads
Water beads are these teeny-tiny little beads that are also knowns as gel beads. They were used for years with plants to help absorb water.
I started using water beads when I was teaching preschool. This was a big hit with 3-4 year olds! It was perfect at the sensory table. You can put these in the sensory (water table) add in some scoopers, spoons/other utensils and the kids were mesmerized. Heck, I was too.
Where Do You Get Water Beads
I get mine off Amazon.They come in a small pack like this and they are about the size of pin heads. For real they are so tiny so don’t be alarmed at first. Once you add some to water they grow, grow, grow.
I would start off by adding a small amount to a bowl and then add in some water. It does take a few hours. It doesn’t happen instantly.
What Can You Do With Water Beads
Play, Play, Play!
It’s always a perfect sensory activity for kids to do with these water beads. They feel so good on your hands! I usually add some to a large tub and then some water to let my kids play. I can then add some scoops and measuring cups to let them go wild.
We can do this inside on a super hot day or even outside too. It’s great for any kind of weather.
Here are some other ideas for Water Beads!
- use them for a foot spa
- make a DIY stress ball
- freeze some of the balls and then play with them in a tub
- Add them to slime
- paint with them
- put in a water bottle for a calm down bottle
- break them open
- you can even do a few experiments and see how big they can get
- sort by colors
- add them to a baby pool for splash fun
What else can you think of to do with water beads??