Sensory Play: Fun with Water Beads

I’ve been wanting to get my hands on some water beads, as I know my kids will love to play and explore with them. So, when I finally bought a packet of these water beads, I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to let them try it.

Water beads are water-absorbing polymers used for plants and flowers. They are non-toxic and if played under adult supervision, is a great tool for sensory play. They look lovely and feel nice and soft, like soft bouncy marbles.


I set up the water beads for play, with a few of the boys’ toys from their Marble Racers set (from Toys R Us). The kids started exploring and touching the water beads immediately.


My 5 and 2 year-olds enjoyed the sensory water beads play and were at it for a long time. My 8-year-old was in school and when he came home, his brother excitedly told him about the water beads and he insisted on playing with them the next day. Well, the three of them played with the water beads again the next day and had a great time.


It’s great to see them exploring, building, pouring, scooping and experimenting with different ways of playing with those water beads. They let them roll down the tubes.


They squeezed them.


They scooped them.


They explored and found that the beads made their little hands turn into polka-dotted hands in the water!


Playing with water beads was so calming and it provides such a great sensorial experience for my kids. I’m already planning to get hold of a few more packets soon!

A word of caution:
Although water beads are non-toxic, they can be choking hazards for little children, especially those who love putting things into their mouths. For the children’s safety, adult supervision is needed during playtime. It is also important that the water beads be kept properly after play, and any beads that have bounced off during play be picked up and kept.

For more water beads play ideas, check out these links:

The Wonderful World of Water Beads (Teach Preschool)

Water Beads with Shaving Cream Messy Play (Learn Play Imagine)

Water Beads in Play Therapy (Play Dr Mom)

Water Bead Science (Nurture Store)

Creative Play with Water Beads (Mess For Less)

Seaside Sensory Tub (The Imagination Tree)

There are endless ideas for water beads play found on the Internet. In fact, here’s 32 Ways to Play with Water Beads by The Chocolate Muffin Tree.

Have fun exploring water beads with your kids!



7 thoughts on “Sensory Play: Fun with Water Beads

  1. Great idea of combining their marble toys with the water beads. I think my boy will love it. I have read online about the water beads many times, but have no idea where to get them. Can share where to find them? Thanks.


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