Have your kids played with water beads? They are such fun and great for sensory play! We used them for a fine motor activity this week.
For this activity I used ready-hydrated water beads. I coloured them red, yellow, green and blue by putting twenty or so beads in separate plastic bags and then dropping in some food dye.
I let the water beads sit in the dye for a while, then let them dry on kitchen paper for an hour or so. If you don’t do this stage then the food dye will still be wet and will stain fingers! Ooooh, some nice chromatography going on!
We didn’t have time to play with these the same day, so I covered them so they wouldn’t dehydrate too fast. Next morning, however, the colours had all run into each other – creating some lovely jewel-coloured beads!
We now had oranges, purples and lots in between. Beautiful, but not what I wanted for this activity. I put them aside and quickly dyed some more beads. You can see in the photos below that they weren’t as vibrant as the first batch!
I could tell F was itching to play with them so I put the beads out with little bowls of corresponding colours. The beads themselves are slightly moist, and a little bit squishy – which makes them rather tricky to pick up. I put one bead of each colour in its correct bowl and he immediately took over.
Then I mixed them all back up with the first batch of beads into a big dish.
I gave him a spoon and some tongs so he could play freestyle with them! He used his hands first but then went on to use the tongs. He started to really get the hang of them!
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Fine Motor Skills Multi Activity Tray from Little Bins for Little Hands
Easy Bird Toy from P is for Preschooler
Montessori Fine Motor Activities from Racheous – Lovable Learning