About a year ago I tried some water bead play with Monkey as I had seen so many great examples from other bloggers, but he just wasn’t that interested in it. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when we tried again, and he had a whale of a time playing with them. Just goes to show that just because they aren’t ready or don’t enjoy something once, it is always worth trying again. I set up the Tuff Spot with the water beads and a few other bits and bobs from the kitchen.
So, what did Monkey get up to with them?
He started by scooping them and pouring them.
At which point we discovered they bounce! They are funny and plasticky but also wet and slippery feeling which makes it great as sensory play. He had great fun picking them up and dropping them to watch them bounce!
He then decided a car needed to drive through them (?)
Before having more fun bouncing them again!
Then Monkey decided it was great fun to squish them, first with his fingers, then using a rolling pin,
Then with his fingers again. Check out the glee on his face?!
I’m not sure how to describe what he did next, he poured the beads back into the muffin tray and started wiggling his fingers around to make the beads bounce around all over the place! Which he really enjoyed 🙂
Whatever makes you happy Monkey!
As you can see, Monkey absolutely loved our free play session with water beads in the good old Tuff Spot 🙂
Do your kids like playing with water beads?
Wow, this looks great fun! I’ve never heard of water beads – what are they and where are they from?
They really are great, they are designed to be used to keep plants hydrated. They are tiny little plastic beads that you soak in water for a few hours or overnight and they fill up to look like this! I just got mine from amazon 🙂 xx
These used to have these in my youngest’s old nursery – they were mad for them. Where did you buy? #ToddlerApprovedTuesday
Oh he looks so happy discovering them this time. It just goes to show, just because something didn’t work once, doesn’t mean it won’t be liked in future. Water beads are good fun.
Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids
Messy fun. I’m adding water beads to my shopping list.
Love the glee photo! So cute! I love water beads, we’ll need to get ours out when it gets sunny again, although maybe only when A is napping, he’ll try and eat them! 🙂 xx
I love how happy Monkey looks playing with the water beads – we’ve never tried these but I think we’ll have to give them a go! 🙂
He sure looks like he i having lots of fun 🙂 I may have to give this a go before long.
Oh and i also like your tuff tray 🙂 i need to get one
These look great! I may wait a bit until my girlie is a bit older but I think I would like a little squish of those things too! xx He is so cute and happy xx
I love water beads and he looks like he had so much fun. Also love that you put them in the tuff tray (thats where I put mine) #ToddlerApprovedTuesday
Interestingly, we haven’t played with water beads yet. He looks so happy with them!
Water beads are great aren’t they? I love his face when he’s pounding them with the rolling pin!
Thanks so much for linking up to #toddlerapprovedtuesday again Leandra & Becky xx
I’ve never heard of these – a gardening tip and toddler post in one! Monkey’s eyes are so blue! Lovely. x
This looks like a lot of fun – I’ll have to get hold of some of these water beads! Thanks for linking up with #ToddlerFunFriday
Cute! My daughter would love this. I will have to look into getting water beads! Thanks for sharing on #ToddlerFunFriday