An Oldie But a Goodie

water beads light

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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.

water bead play
Water beads are irresistibly squishy.

There was counting and math (she’d pick up a couple in each had, count them and then add them together). playing with water beads

There were containers, of course.

water beads container
Putting water beads in their container. She did this two or three times.

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.

water beads light
The Bit really gets into her investigations.

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!

This post was shared on Funday Monday at C.R.A.F.T. and Made by You Monday at Skip to My Lou. Check them out for tons of great crafty ideas!

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