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Since Ethan still continues to love sensory bins, I continue to make them for him they are 1 thing that will calm him and help him focus better. I shared 1 of our other St. Patricks Day sensory bins not long ago. For this bin I just used water and water beads, but added a few extra St. Patrick’s Day goodies as well. The nice thing about water beads is that when you are done using them you can strain out the broken ones and let them dry out for another time. I love sensory mediums that can be used multiple times!!
What’s Inside The Bin?
- Green St. Patrick’s Day coins
- Rainbow Colored Water Beads
- Black cauldrons
- Tongs, Spoons, Sifters, any other play tools
- Tub to hold the water and water beads
We soak our water beads longer then you really should. My opinion would be to soak them for about 5-6 hours, when you do soak them past that time they tend to explode pretty easy. My kids however, enjoy them when they are really squishy, some of them get really big when soaked longer, and Ethan REALLY loves the sensory input of the water so we soak ours for a couple days. This means I have to strain out the broken ones, but thats just fine with me!
We brought out a paint tray to sort and store some of the beads in. You can see here they had been sitting for a while and had grown considerably in size. I love the colors in water beads, but wouldn’t suggest using them with children who still eat things unless you are going to give 100% supervision!
Straining out the water and playing with just the beads adds a whole new sensory experience. Once the water is drained, they usually last for about 3-4 days before starting to dry out and it’s time to put them away for another time.
Getting out a couple of our Mason jars was lots of fun and the boys used them for hours. Of course I watched them to make sure they were not being rough with them, but Mason jars are pretty tough and have held up to being dropped from our counters before 😉
Using the tongs to get out the water beads is great fine motor practice.
For more sensory bin ideas stop over to my sensory bin idea page.
For other St. Patrick’s Day Ideas stop over to my St. Patrick’s Day Ideas Page.
My St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest board has lots of great ideas as well!
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