April 12, 2012
Water Bead Sensory Bin
I can’t say where exactly I first saw the idea of using these fun little floral water beads as a sensory material. It’s been all over the blogs and Pinterest, and I can see why. They feel amazing. Red kept saying, “It’s squishy!” They are really, really fun.
That said, they are also a little challenging. I didn’t realize it when I started, but the little beads bounce when you drop them. Red innocently tried to scoop some onto a tray, and they bounced off and went ricocheting across our hardwood floor. And they are not fun to try to pick up since they are so slippery. So what started inside on a mat quickly got modified before I turned into ‘no fun mom.’
We took a snack break while I reassessed the water bead situation. I dug out an even bigger bin and took the whole mess outside.
This did wonders for my stress-level, and it turned out to be even more fun when you use a bigger tub, because you can do this:
Just look at this expression of joy.