Stress Away Water Bead Play!

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Water Bead Sensory Play: Have you or your kids ever played with water beads? If not then you MUST! Water beads are such an amazing sensory experience! They’re squishy, slightly slimy, slippery, and just absolutely amazing!

Water Bead Sensory Play for Quiet Time
This activity has quickly become one of MY favorites. In one extremely simple activity kids are exposed to science, sensory and fine motor exploration! Plus it uses essential oils that were amazing for calming my kiddos down before nap time!!!

Items Needed for Stress Away Water Beads:

  • Stress Away essential oil from Young Living
  • Water Beads (we found ours at the Dollar Tree which was a major score!)
  • Bucket and Scoops for Play
  • Water

Items Needed for Water Bead Sensory Play

Setting Up Water Beads for Play:

1. Mix together your water and Stress Away essential oil mixture {we used 1 drop of Stress Away per 1 cup of water}.
2. Pour your tiny aqua gems into a bucket and add the water. It will take a couple of minutes for your water beads to expand {which is great for teaching patience and pretty fascinating to watch}
3. Scoop the beads and drop them in. Play. Watch them grow.

Water Bead Gems

Our Experiences with Water Beads:

Meatball was absolutely fascinated with this sensory activity. He loved running his hands over the beads, stirring, and mixing them up…stopping every so often to stop and smell his hands.

Exploring Water Beads Sensory Play

Even the hubs stopped what he was doing to comment on enjoying the scent and run his hands through the sensory bin. Both enjoyed squishing and squeezing the beads. We were all amazed at how much pressure they could take…and the fact that they bounce!

Squeezing Water Beads

They were also a super tricky material to try and scoop up!

Scooping Up Water Beads

And very pretty when put up to the light. I think next time we pull these out we will be giving them a try on the light table! By the end of the activity all three of the kiddos hanging out today were relaxed and went down for nap.

That deserves being said again — without a single fight (unheard of) they ALL went down easily for a nap. Yep! I would call that a win!!

Clean up and storage was also super easy. We simply added our water beads to a ziplock baggie and put them into our sensory drawer so they are ready to play the next time we are needing a quick and FUN sensory activity!

Stress Away Water Bead Sensory Play!

About Stress Away Essential Oils:

Young Living’s Stress Away essential oil blend is a natural solution created to combat normal stresses that creep into everyday life.

Stress Away is the first product to contain the unique stress-relieving combination of lime and vanilla pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. Stress Away also includes copaiba and lavender to reduce mental rigidity and restore equilibrium. Featuring powerful plant constituents, such as the cedrol found in cedarwood and the eugenol that occurs naturally in vanilla, Stress Away can help induce relaxation and reduce occasional nervous tension.

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