Playing with water beads is a favorite around here. They are an extremely versatile sensory material that you can use for just about anything A favorite of ours is throwing water beads into a kiddie pool – it’s a great challenge for the visual sensory system!
Having a good handle on our own visual sensory system is an important concept to learn for a child. It’s how we visually take in information from our surroundings and determine if something is safe, harmful, or even important based off what we see.
It sounds like a very basic concept that you probably don’t even give a second thought to. But for some children, they have a hard time regulating their visual sensory system since they are either over or under responsive to receiving information from their surroundings.
This is where activities like the water beads sensory pool can be helpful, as it helps kids with this concept. With this activity, you use both clear and colored beads so that some can be seen under the water, whereas others can only be felt by touch.
Items needed for your water beads sensory pool
- Kiddie pool
- Clear water beads
- Colored water beads
Setting up your water beads sensory pool
Getting your sensory pool all set up and ready to play is pretty easy, as it only took us 5-10 minutes and the kids had a blast! We recently spent a lot of time in the pool after our AC broke and we had some time before the repairman could come out.
Simply fill up your pool as you normally would for some swim time, and add your beads to the pool. It’s so fun to play in the pool with these slippery slimy beads! The clear ones are especially hard to find but we have fun trying to track them down.
We tend to always have a great time playing with water beads in the pool. It’s great for a hot sunny day or even just for simple outdoor fun. I’m sure your kids will love this activity and it’s great for the visual sensory system as well. I hope you have as much fun as we do!
To learn more about water beads and how to play with them check out our Ultimate Guide to Water Beads!
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