After playing with water beads in bathtub and learning about hot water and water beads not mixing too well, we have decided to give it a try with icy water bead soup to see what will happen! Today is 14th day in a row of sensory play and have to say that we really enjoyed all the new things, experiences and textures!
Supplies for Icy Water Bead Soup
Observing Ice and Water Beads
We have decided to make a little experiment with ice and water beads while we already play with these things. And we have taken pictures some pictures to compare what happened!
Picture 1. – We mixed water beads and ice. Water beads got “glued” to ice cubes.
Picture 2. – Ice melted and turned to water. No change in water beads.
Picture 3. – Water beads absorbed excess water.
Pretend Play Cooking with Ice and Water Beads
During the time we placed aside our little science experiment, toddler was busy playing with water beads and ice.
This time around, I decided to leave it up to her to see where a single bowl with water beads and ice will take us. Not very surprising – she decided to cook it. More precisely to make her favorite meal – soup!
In a second she took out her pots and large spoon to decided to cook icy water bead soup! Transferring with spoon to pots, spilling from one pot to another, water beads bouncing out of the pots!
At one point she noticed she can put water bead through a hole on pot’s handle. Now, that’s fun! And mom just stood and watched her work on her fine motor skills.
After lots of transferring and stirring, it was time to put some “soup” on plates and serve it for launch!
It’s always amazing to see on how many different ways kids learn through very simple play activities!
What to play next?
If you want to try other play activities with water beads, we suggest:
- play water bead slide and fine and gross motor skilly
- water bead bath as a calming bedtime activity
- make bead balloon for hand strenghtening