“Ooo they’re cold and swippery!” I knew she’d love water beads. I’ve read about them LOTS of places, I’ve had friends recommend them, and she even played with them several months ago, but her hand coordination wasn’t good and they went everywhere and I just gave up and sort of forgot I even had any. So, today during her nap I pulled them out, hydrated them, and when she woke up, it was time to discover!! I had the water beads in a container with a good lid – for storage later – and pulled out my set of 11 circle cookie cutters for her to explore as well. (This is the set I have…affiliate link) Here is how I presented the tray. The only instruction I gave was to remind her that all items must always stay inside our tray – they don’t go on the table or the floor.
She had so much fun playing with them. She started by putting one bead into each circle. Then, she started experimenting with their abilities to bounce. I had a ton of fun playing with her, and I actually bounced more out onto the floor than she did! She had such fun, that I went and got Cody to join us… and then we all three had fun together playing with them. (He’s to thank for the totally awesome photo at the top of this post). The cool thing we discovered was that the blue beads looked green on the yellow tray… so I went and got the red tray, and all three of us sat in amazement as they suddenly became purple! And then, they were blue again when we put them back in the storage container!
She also became fascinated with stacking the nesting cookie cutters, so we ended up having a short impromptu assessment of her “largest” and “smallest” skills. She’s definitely got those concepts down solidly. Always good to know where you stand on various skills!
I’m looking forward to letting her play with the water beads again soon – and finding something new to do with them. You can bet I’ll be reading up on my favorite blogs to get ideas, and of course, I’ll share what I finally come up with. 🙂
Total Prep Time for Mommy: To hydrate the beads, I dumped them in a container and added water (total time there, about 20 seconds), then they sat for about 3-4 hours while I did other things. To gather the cookie cutters, container, and tray, my total time was about 1 minute.
Total Play Time for Becca: We played for a good 45-50 minutes, and could have gone longer, but she decided to be disrespectful and we had to put them away.