Ever since my older daughter saw Orbeez Swirl’n Whirl toy on an advertisement, she was all over me to buy it to her. Well, not possible right now! We have an agreement to purchase new toys only for birthdays and major holidays because, frankly, you can’t have space in an apartment to place as many toys as kids would want to have!
So, instead of purchasing her this toy, I bought a small package of water beds! Much cheaper but still hours of fun! We learned some things while playing with water beads but more about it later on. Now onto this awesome sensory play idea for a bathtub!
Sometimes simple things are the best! So, we filled a bath with water and added our water beads inside. Added few plastic tools for girls to play with and, ta da, off to play!
It was fun for older one to try to catch water beads with her hands while toddler tried to catch them with a shovel. Not much use! They kept escaping her! Nevertheless, it was awesome fun. They were both fascinated how water beads are transparent and you can “look through” them.
However, since water in a bathtub was hot, soon enough girls noticed that water beads are starting to decompose! It was a rush to “salvage” as many water beads as they could before they all fall apart! Lesson learned for another time: Don’t place water beads in hot water! So we learned something new today!
If you want to know more about the water beads background, safety tips and other stuff, stop by this article from Teach Preschool.
To get a bit more background about an importance of sensory play, we recommend you to read book Sensory Bins: the What, the How & the Why. It has basics covered with many play ideas, all in easy to understand language (for parents like me!). Another great book to check is 99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1-5. Packed with fun things to do with toddlers and preschoolers!
In January, we are participating in 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge with a different daily sensory prompt. You can read more about this challenge over at Adventures of Adam.
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Mihaela runs Best Toys 4 Toddlers blog and loves to come up with new ideas how to use old toys her 2 daughters keep leaving on the floor to slip over. She loves them despite the fact that they call her mommy few hundred times a day, and it makes her nuts.