Having been a doctor for the last 10 years, working every day with babies and children, I thought I was pretty well-placed to know everything-about-everything when Doof was born. However I soon learnt being a mum is very different to being a doctor...
Wednesday, 29 April 2015
Baby-safe water bead fun
are literally a million and one fun things to do with water beads.
Starting off by simply squishing and bouncing them. Have you tried? They
feel soooo cool!
they're definitely things you want to keep away from babies - when
dehydrated they could easily be swallowed and then swell up internally,
and when hydrated their size makes them a veritable choking hazard...
However, here are some baby-proof ways even the littlest ones can still enjoy them :)
Pop a handful in a ziploc bag, add some coloured water and secure with duct tape so it can't be accidentally opened.
double bagged them for storage after their first use and have actually
kept them like that since. You can still see the colours and feel the
textures in the same way but it's just an extra layer of protection from
Iz's sharp little fingernails!
a handful to a clean empty bottle, top up with coloured water and
secure the lid with a glue gun. I waited for 24 hours post-gluing and
then tried to open them myself. I couldn't. So I figured the lids were
probably stuck pretty good!
Why you need to glue them shut!
Yep she even did her first proper crawl when trying to reach them!
was fun to play with D. He lined the bottles up and then threw a ball
to knock them down. To make it more challenging he would say which
colour he was aiming for before he started.
also intentionally filled the bottles with varying amounts of beads so D
could compare them and we could talk about biggest/smallest etc.
we started with the biggest ziploc bag that the supermarket stocked. I
filled it with a mix of different coloured beads and some water and
secured the edges with duct tape.
Love the colours :)
It was nice and cool for Iz to play with in the hot weather.
Have you used water beads with your baby or toddler? What did you do? I've got some exciting activities planned for D when Iz is not also playing but always love to hear more ideas :)
as with any activity involving your baby, use your own judgement and
common sense. I always closely supervise any sensory play and always
inspect items for wear/tear carefully before each playing session. Some
plastic bags will be stronger than others, and some people will use duct
tape more successfully. Always make sure you are confident with the
safety of whatever your baby is playing with.