How to incorporate water beads with infants:
Water beads are such a great way to incorporate sensory play. How do we do that with infants when safety is a concern.
First, What are water beads?
Water beads are small beads of gel. They sell them hydrated and dehydrated. When you buy them dehydrated and they are exposed to water they become the size of marbles.
What you need:
– Water beads We bought these, it comes with 50,00 water beads. You put them in water and watch them grow.
– Zip lock bag
– construction paper or a box square cut out.
– Paint We used this one from Melissa and Doug
After they are done exploring, Carefully take it out and save their first master piece.
During this activity they are using their fine motor skills, sensory awareness and not to mention Tummy Time which is so important at this age!
The same day we did this activity with Santi, My older boys sorted the water beads into colors. They separated them and mixed them with sea shells. They did this for quite a while.
Water beads make the perfect item for a sensory box, for kids who are not mouthing objects. If you have a little one who does mouth objects you can allow them to feel the texture by dipping their little feet into the sensory box.