Water beads are irresistible! For this invitation to play we provided lots of ways to explore the water beads that involved using fine motor skills.
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Both our toddler and preschooler wanted to explore the water beads as a sensory experience first! The beads are slippery, squishy, solid, and wet. Investigating the bin full of water beads with all of their senses warmed up their fine motor muscles.
I presented a wooden scissors holder that we found this week at the Lancaster Reuse Center. Not only is this stand perfect for organizing a classroom. it can also be repurposed for hands on activities like this one. The holder worked perfectly with the water beads because some of the orbs were large enough to sit on top, smaller ones slipped through (and bounced away!), and others needed a poke to squish through the holes!
We played a fine motor transfer game when I asked our toddler to fill up a bottle with the water beads. He was excited when he got them in and he also had so much fun chasing the ones he dropped as they bounced all over the deck!
The photos I took of this invitation to explore speak for themselves as far as how much fine motor activity was involved! The kids were both engaged. I love watching them work side by side. They even played peek together under the scissors holder at one point. (No pictures of that cute moment as I was taking a video instead!)
We could have continued with this activity beyond the hour that we played. In fact our toddler D threw a fit when it was time to stop this activity to come inside for lunch so I'd say this Fine Motor Fridays idea was a huge hit!
Check out these other Fine Motor Fridays posts:
Exploring and Learning with Jello and Kitchen Items from Powerful Mothering
Maze Sensory Play For Pre Writing Skills from Little Bins For Little Hands
Washi Tape Pencil Craft for Preschool-2nd Grade from School Time Snippets
Pencils + Erasers Color Match Fine Motor Activity from Lalymom
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