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If you're looking for more fun activities to do with your kiddos using water beads,
check below for some of our favorites!

 

Water Beads in Shaving Cream

SOURCE: http://parentingchaos.com/shaving-cream-and-water-beads-sensory-bin/

SOURCE: http://parentingchaos.com/shaving-cream-and-water-beads-sensory-bin/

Water Beads in Tub or Baby Pool

What you will need:
     Water beads
     
Shaving cream
     Scoops, bowls, and a bin

Instructions:
1. Follow instructions on package to hydrate your water beads
2. Fill your bin with shaving cream
3. Add water beads, scoops, bowls, and any other accessory
4. Play!

SOURCE: http://chalkboardstostrollers.blogspot.com/2012/07/another-messy-play-date.html

SOURCE: http://chalkboardstostrollers.blogspot.com/2012/07/another-messy-play-date.html

What you will need:
     1 pound or more of water beads
     Baby pool
     Scoops, tubes, flashlights, clear containers

Instructions:
1. Add water and water beads to baby pool or tub the night before and allow to hydrate
2. Add scoops, tubes, flashlights, clear containers etc.
3. Play!

Frozen Water Beads

SOURCE: http://busytoddler.com/2016/04/frozen-water-beads/

SOURCE: http://busytoddler.com/2016/04/frozen-water-beads/

What you will need:
     Water beads
     Large plastic bin
     Hammer, water bottle filled with warm water
     Excited toddler

Instructions:
1. Follow instructions on package to hydrate your water beads
2. Scoop out hydrated water beads and place into a plastic container and freeze
3. Place frozen water beads into a large plastic container
4. See how they’ve changed, roll them around, hammer them, squirt warm water on them and see what happens!

Water Bead Balloons

SOURCE: https://bitzngiggles.com/water-bead-stress-ball/

SOURCE: https://bitzngiggles.com/water-bead-stress-ball/

What you will need:
     Water beads
     Water bottle
     Balloon

Instructions:
1. Follow instructions on package to hydrate your beads
2. Place the hydrated beads in a plastic water bottle
3. Partially inflate a balloon and place the balloon opening over the opening of the water bottle
4. Fill balloon with water beads, slowly let the air out of the balloon and tie off
5. Squeeze your stress away!

Painting with Water Beads

SOURCE: http://parentingchaos.com/painting-with-water-beads/

SOURCE: http://parentingchaos.com/painting-with-water-beads/

What you will need:
     Water beads
     Tempera paint
     Cardboard box or plastic tray
     White paper
     Fine motor tools

Instructions:
1. Follow instructions on package to hydrate your beads
2. Drop a couple of hydrated beads into your paint and place on your white paper that has been placed in a cardboard box or plastic tray
3. Roll the beads around and create a masterpiece!

Sensory Bottle

SOURCE:  http://ryanandmarsha.com/diy/rainbow-sensory-bottle/

SOURCE:  http://ryanandmarsha.com/diy/rainbow-sensory-bottle/

What you will need:
     Water beads
     Baby oil
     Water bottle (plastic Voss water bottles hold up best)

Instructions:
1. Follow instructions on package to hydrate your water beads
2. Add water beads to the empty bottle in any manner you prefer (layer by color to create a rainbow effect)
3. Pour in baby oil and cap bottle
4. Shake and explore!

Hammering Water Beads

SOURCE: http://parentingchaos.com/hammering-water-beads/

SOURCE: http://parentingchaos.com/hammering-water-beads/

What you will need:
     Wooden hammer
     Water Beads
     Large plastic bin

Instructions:
1. Follow instructions on package to hydrate your beads
2. Place water beads in plastic bin
3. Hammer the beads and watch them bounce and fly!

Water Bead Slime

SOURCE: https://www.icanteachmychild.com/water-bead-slime/

SOURCE: https://www.icanteachmychild.com/water-bead-slime/

What you will need:
     2 Bottles of clear school glue
     Water beads
     Bowl
     Liquid Starch

Instructions:
1. Follow instructions on package to hydrate your water beads
2. Pour both bottles of school glue into a bowl
3. Slowly add the liquid starch while stirring.  Keep adding it, a little at time, until the mixture begins to stick together and congregate in the center of the bowl.  Continue stirring and adding starch until bits of the goop no longer sticks to your fingers when you touch it.
4. Once the water beads are fully hydrated, add them to the slime and knead.  Some will break loose and bounce away, so make sure younger siblings are out of the area.
5. Play!

Water Bead Sensory Window

What you will need:
     Water beads
     Sandwich bag
     Heavy duty duct tape
     Window squeegee

Instructions:
1. Follow instructions on package to hydrate your beads
2. Fill the sandwich bag with water beads.  Press the air out and seal.
3. Place the first piece of tape along the top and tape to the window.
4. The other four pieces of tape will be slightly tricky. Use a window squeegee to hold the water beads out of the way as you tape down the other four sides. 
5. Let kids play!

Enjoy!