Water Beads

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Today, Zander had a great sensory experience playing with slippery, squishy water beads, and his Grandma and I had a wonderful time watching him. I got this idea from Play at Home Mom, and I absolutely love its simplicity! It was also inexpensive.

Here’s what the water beads look like before soaking in water for 4-6 hours (they’re tiny):

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We added about 12 cups of water to 4 packets of beads right after breakfast this morning, then put a lid on the container and set it aside until Zander awoke from his afternoon nap.

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By the time Zander woke up, they looked like this:

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We took the bin outside so we could make a proper mess, and Zander wasted no time opening it up and digging right in. My mother gave him a cool whip container for scooping and sorting, which he put to immediate use. Unfortunately, it was really chilly this afternoon, so we couldn’t let him sit in the bin, and we also had to keep a close eye on things to make sure the neighbors’ dog, Lance, didn’t try to eat any of the beads. Other than that, it was awesome.

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For the rest of this entry, I’m just going to let the photos do the talking. Good night, all!

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About Kim McCoy

Kim McCoy is a passionate animal and environmental advocate with a B.S. in Business Administration from UT Knoxville and a J.D. specializing in Animal and Environmental Law. She graduated with honors from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she served as Editor in Chief of the internationally acclaimed Animal Law Review and interned with the National Center for Animal Law and the International Environmental Law Project. Kim is a member of MENSA (the “high IQ society”) and previously worked for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in a variety of roles, including Executive Director, Director of Campaigns, and Director of Legal Affairs. Kim is also the former Executive Director of the One World One Ocean Foundation and the proud mother of a healthy, thriving son who has been vegan since conception. Currently serving as Executive Director of Big Life Foundation, which protects wildlife and wild lands in Eastern Africa, Kim remains deeply committed to the defense of animals worldwide.
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