What are Water Beads?
Water Beads are colourfast, non-toxic, and environmentally friendly “beads” that are a super absorbent polymer with the capability to absorb 80 – 100 times their dry weigh in water. Water beads can be used as a clean soil alternative for growing plants, decreasing your water time to every 3 – 5 weeks. They can also be used for colour and texture in floral arrangements, and most importantly (in my world), they can be used for activities for children!
This past summer, my children and I made “Calming Jars” using Sensory beads. Prior to finding the TOP QUALITY Water Beads at Water Beads Canada, we found some at the local Dollar Store. Unfortunately, our first round of Calming Jars didn’t turn out so well due to the poor quality of the beads. Within 24 hours, the beads had disintegrated.
Thankfully, I found Water Beads Canada and was very impressed that their beads ship dry because the children had so much fun watching them grow one day and creating their Calming Jars the next.
Put a variety of water beads into the plastic jar.
Fill almost to the top with water.
Add glitter, lego and/or small, plastic figurine.
Glue lid to the jar.
WAIT and WATCH.
We use these Calming Jars when the children are sad, mad or worried. They simply picky up their Calming Jar and turn it upside down over and over again while watching the beads, glitter and their Lego Minifig float to the top. By focussing on the floating objects, they are able to increase their concentration and as a result, calm their emotions to a more manageable state.
These water beads would make an excellent activity for preschool or school-aged children in the classroom or at home. They also would make an excellent gift to send in the mail as they can be mailed in a flat envelope and are light weight.