Do you guys know about water beads? I’m going to assume you do, I’m typically one of the last to Know Things. On our continual quest to provide Big A with experiences he may feel the need to, I don’t know, remark upon, my best friend Amanda came over with two packets of water beads. We talked about the joys of sensory play (see why it’s so cool here) and she left instructions to let them sit overnight in a colander, so they’re not sitting in wet and getting all moldy. When they dry out you can put them in water and do it all over again!
We did this out on the front porch in a Dollar Store plastic tub. We told Big A how they would go from big to little in the water, signing “ball,” “big,” “little,” and “water” maniacally. This is not when the magic happens and Big A watched us warily before meandering towards his toy truck.
How Do People Fill Cars With These Though?
The next day, though? Pure magic. Big A immediately noticed the difference in the water beads and ran over screeching. Josh and I went through the whole speech again, signing all the while. At first Big A didn’t like having his hands submerged in the beads, but by the end he was happily burying them himself. With the kind of sensory issues he seems to have, it’s optimal to provide him with more and different kinds of input. With more exposure to different elements we hope that we can train his brain to better and better interpret them. Here’s hoping, pals.
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