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We love water beads around at our house!
We’ve also done a water bead science experiment.
Recently, I was looking for a way to reuse some water beads from one of our bins when I decided to do this water beads in a bag activity.
Not only does this water beads in a bag activity that provide a fun sensory play experience, it’s also a great way to make water bead play accessible for for younger kids who are prone to putting things in their mouths.
Note: This and other sensory play ideas can be found on my sensory play page.
To create our water beads in a bag activity, I started by giving the kids quart-size ziplock bags. I asked them to use a Sharpie permanent marker to draw a circle on their bags.
Once that was done, I placed some water beads on the table and invited them to fill their bags.
Once their bags were full, the fun began! I invited them to try to move all of their water beads outside of the circle they had drawn.
Water beads are slippery, so this was more challenging than they anticipated!
Next, QBoy started to try to smash the water beads. He thought it was hilarious to mash them to pieces. 🙂
I was happy that he was getting some great fine motor practice. 🙂
And in the end, this is what his bag of beautiful water beads looked like.
Note: My kids do not put things in their mouths. If you do this with younger children who are prone to putting things in their mouths, I would recommend that you seal the top of the bag with duct tape so they cannot open it. And of course I always recommend closely supervising your child to ensure he or she does not do anything that would be harmful.