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Crystal Water Beads Lorina

A soothing and relaxing sensory experience for children to manipulate. 

 Materials Needed:

  • 1 packet of water beads 
  • 1 large bucket
  • water
  • cups, spoons, small shovels, animal figurines, etc to add to the water beads.
  • shaving cream/snow (optional)

What to do:

Day Before

  • Empty the packet of water beads in the bucket of water
  • Add water (beads should be submerged in the water)
  • Beads will grow the longer the beads are submerged the bigger they become

On The Day

  • Drain excess water from the beads and add the beads to a trough or tray. 

  • Add items for the children to manipulate with the beads. For example - cups and teapots.


  • Try adding shaving cream with the water beads for a different texture. 

  • Enjoy this sensory experience!

Hints and Tips:

  • You can buy all sorts of different colours separately or together so they are great for teaching colours and for sorting. You can use coloured cups that the children can sort their beads into
  • Add water to the beads and watch them float
  • Add shaving cream/snow
  • Educators and Parents - They make for great massage therapy on sore, aching, tired hands and feet!
  • Water beads are extremely slippery when spilled. Never flush or pour them down the drain, as the swelling could possibly clog drainpipes.
  • Colours DO NO FADE. They will never leak colour.

These may be harmful if swallowed so please make sure that all children are under direct supervision.  

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 2 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1), Couple (2), Few (3), Small Group (4)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    relates what they are doing with others
    observed and imitates adults actions
    understands concequences of their actions
    explores materials
    recognises similarities and differences
    can follow 2 or more directions
    pays attention to activities for longer peiods of time

  • Play Based Learning: Sensory Play, Manipulative Play
  • Interest Areas: Sensory Play
  • Games Categories: Quiet Games, Sensory Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 4
  • Sub Outcomes:

    4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity.

    4.2 Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating.

Created On September 11, 2015 Last modified on Friday, September 11, 2015
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