I have to admit that before today, we haven’t played with water beads. For whatever reason, 18yo decided to buy Miss A some water beads, as she had seen them at work and thought they looked great.
Being a big kid herself, she hydrated them before presenting them to Miss A in a big tub. I didn’t realise what they were to start with, but Miss A was really enjoying just dipping her hands in and out of them for a little while.
Being the inventive parent that I am (halo firmly in place), I recycled the large piece of bubble wrap we had from a large package received today, and laid it on the floor. The textured surface was great for the beads not to roll around too much, and they stayed in place.
I got some supplies from the kitchen which included bowls, cake cases, and muffin cases with lids. A spoon and a bit of imagination saw Miss A playing happily for over an hour this afternoon after school.
I was amazed and secretly pleased that a tub of squishy beads could keep someone entertained for so long. I did get involved and we started creating simple pictures and I made some sums on the floor for Miss A to answer.
Even the cat wanted to have a look to see what was going on!
I was hearing plenty of chitter chatter from Miss A with herself about what she was doing, and what she was creating. There were the occasional shouts of “Oh, I could get so and so” which she then went off to collect her little supplies and added it to her game.
It’s so nice to watch from a distance at her playing sometimes, and it means she’s not stuck in front of a screen (not one mention of a screen was heard).
Water beads have great uses including sensory play, scientific experiments and plenty more activities with imagination.