Looking back at the archives, it looks like I first wrote about water beads last February. We had a package from the dollar store and they stayed in somewhat good shape for at least a few months. (They tend to get broken, dried out and lost over time.)
The Bit loved them back then, and I thought they were a lot of fun, too. They’re wet and smooth and slippery and cold, and it’s just kind of a fun sensation to play with them.
A week or so ago the Bit asked if we could play with them again, and I said yes, I had some more of them somewhere. She didn’t ask me to find them right away, but when we were playing yesterday and I was trying to think of something fun to do I started thinking about them again.
She must have heard me thinking because a couple of minutes later she asked about them again.
Luckily they were easy to find, and so was a dollar store baking dish I’d bought to use with the beads way back when.
That’s all she needed to be entertained for a good half an hour.
There was sensory exploration.
There were containers, of course.
There was an examination of the beads in different light. She used a couple of headlamps with regular and red lights, as well as a pen that has a blue light on it, to see how the beads looked in different lights.
She called them “water grapes” and made us pretend to eat them. A few times.
It was kind of sweet to go back to an old “toy” and to remember that even at this age, simple things can still be a lot of fun.
I’ll take that for $2 any day.
Have you ever come back to an old favorite after a long absence? I’d love to hear about it!