Sensory Play – Water Beads

Why Sensory play is important for the development

From birth through to early childhood, children use their senses to explore and try to make sense of the world around them. They do this by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, moving and hearing.

Children and even adults learn best and retain the most information when they engage their senses. Many of our favourite memories are associated with one or more of our senses: for instance, the smell of a summer night campfire or a song you memorized the lyrics to with a childhood friend. Now, when your nostrils and eardrums are stimulated with those familiar smells and sounds respectively, your brain triggers a flashback memory to those special times.

Providing opportunities for children to actively use their senses as they explore their world through ‘sensory play’ is crucial to brain development – it helps to build nerve connections in the brain’s pathways.

This leads to a child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks and supports cognitive growth, language development, gross motor skills, social interaction and problem solving skills.

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Sensory Play – Water Beads

I have used these water beads a lot of times at work (I work in a Nursery) and I know how much fun the children have with them. I originally brought these for my Niece as she watches YouTube and she saw them on there. I was so excited to try these with Lennon. 

img_0529This is how they start off, You have to put them into water so that they can grow over night. 


This was them before I went to bed, they hadn’t grown much at all. 


This is the next morning, they have grown! They did get a little bit bigger but I got too excited to play that I forgot to take a picture.

I literally put them in huge bucket full of water, the bucket was big enough for Lennon to sit in. 

We had far too much fun that I didn’t get many photos, sorry. Lennon had a whale of a time but I don’t think it was because of the water beads, he just loves water! He didn’t try and pick them up or anything, he only noticed them because I got them out the water. He slipped and fell backwards and found it hilarious so he carried on throwing himself back so he would fall over again. 

Next Time: I will probably let him play with them without the water so he can try and pick the beads up. 

If you would like to see some more Sensory play ideas then please comment below. 

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  1. June 25, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    Ooh these look fab! Looking forward to seeing more sensory play ideas xx

  2. June 25, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    These look fab! I think if I try these with my two though finley will just want to eat them 😂 i look forward to seeing more sensory play ideas xx

  3. Nancy
    March 23, 2020 / 5:16 am

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