When she poured the tiny little beads into the water we discussed what we thought would happen. My daughter had no idea since she’s never seen them before. It takes 4 to 6 hours for the beads to absorb all of the water. I can’t tell you how much fun we had all afternoon. We made a plan to observe the beads every hour. It got a little confusing because every time we went to just observe we ended up playing with them for at least 20 minutes, all three of us had so much fun. We discussed absorbtion and even a little bit about how rain clouds are formed with evaportions from the earth. I highly recommend doing this for an afternoon of complete FUN!
I think it’s really important to point out that we should all try to engage our children’s sensory skills after school. There are lots of ways to do with through playdough, finger paint, sand play, beading, water play, coloring, cooking, music and many more things. It gives their body time to reconnect with itself after a busy day at school and build new connections.
There are all sorts of ideas for using water beads with your children. Here are our favorites…
Water Bead Science from Nurture Store
Water Bead Math on Kids Activities Blog
Printable Water Bead Activity from Creekside Learning
Melissa at The Chocolate Muffin Tree collected 32 Ways to Play with Water Beads
Water Bead Party on Fit Kids Clubhouse
The Wonders of Water Beads on Train Up a Child
Thanks for sharing your afterschool week with us. Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to. Hope many of you had a great first week back to school. I think our third week hit us the hardest with getting back into the routine of things and why we spent a lot of time playing with water beads, she just needed to be just a 6 year old kid after spending all day at school in a desk.