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Water Beads ๐ŸŒˆ

Water beads have to be one of my favourite sensory bases. They promote learning and development in so many areas; from fine motor exploration to science, maths, colour, sensory and even creative arts โ€“ the ways in which you can explore water beads is endless ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ โ€ข ๐ŸŒŸ10 ways to play with water beads; 1. Scoops, spoons, cups, bowls etc - promotes scooping, pouring, filling and emptying. All the practical life skills you could want! ๐Ÿฅฃ 2. Add shaving foam - the combination of the 2 different sensory elements provides many opportunities for exploration and learning ๐Ÿ’ญ 3. Fill a balloon or a bottle - a wonderful, calming sensory tool for little ones! ๐ŸŽˆ 4. Add ice or freeze - again, adding the 2 elements together provides a whole new variety of learning. Defrost the ice and explore the jelly texture, or investigate the new layer of cold beads for a great time! ๐ŸงŠ 5. Smashing and mashing - add mashers, hammers or rollers to explore all types of cause and effect, plus extend hand-eye coordination ๐Ÿ”จ 6. Add cooking utensils or to add play kitchen - water beads become a great play cooking item for little ones ๐Ÿฝ 7. Colour sorting - opportunities to discuss all the colours you can see and sort them ๐ŸŒˆ 8. Add light - the light creates a new sensory element to the play experience. A light box, glow sticks, waterproof tea lights or even fairy lights under the tray ๐Ÿ’ก 9. Goop - adding water beads to some goop adds such a fun topper onto an already exciting experience. The textures, the colours, the problem solving, so many learning opportunities ๐ŸŽ‰ 10. Just add water - adding water to your water beads really adds to their wonder. Search and hunt for them, fill potion bottles or simply just feel them ๐ŸŒŸ

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