We re-used the pink and purple waterbeads that had been used earlier in the week for We’re going on a P Hunt. Waterbeads can be used several times over for different activities. They just need to be stored in a container with a little water to help them retain their shape. If you don’t store them in water they will eventually dry out and shrink back down to their original state.
Here’s what we did:
- My toddler scooped the waterbeads out of a plastic container using a small
cup and added them into a mixing bowl.
- I then helped her to squirt in lots of shaving foam.
- She then mixed them together using a wooden spoon.
- I then showed her how to use two spoons to transfer the mixture into the individual holes of a bun tin .She did really well with this and had quite a good aim. She kept going until all of the mixture was used up.
- I had poured some glitter into a dish earlier and she used her fingers to sprinkle this over the buns.
- She then added in “candles” which I had prepared earlier by cutting up some pipe-cleaners.
We then started to sing “Happy Birthday to you…” and pretended to blow out the candles on the buns. My daughter didn’t sing the traditional verse though, she preferred her brother’s version, “Happy Birthday to you, you’re a 102!” They may come to regret teaching her this though as they both have birthdays coming up. I don’t think they will be impressed if she sings this version to them in front of all of their friends.
Please take care when doing this activity that your child does not put any of the ingredients into their mouth as none of them are edible. Younger children in particular will need close super vision.
Here are some other great activities you could re-use your waterbeads for again:
What activities have you enjoyed using water beads?