Water bead fun!

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This play idea came from several other bloggers and make use of florists’ decorative beads that I bought from Amazon.  They say they are not for children, but we had a big discussion about not eating them and washed hands after play.

 

dropping the tiny beads into the water...lots of fine motor skill used here!

dropping the tiny beads into the water…lots of fine motor skill used here!

looking at them sitting in the bottom of the box

looking at them sitting in the bottom of the box

'Nemo' had to join in...

‘Nemo’ had to join in…

...and then crocodile!  "Crocodile goes down....Nemo, up" - interesting conversation about floating and sinking.

…and then crocodile! “Crocodile goes down….Nemo, up” – interesting conversation about floating and sinking.

fully expanded and into the big 'sea creatures' tub they go

fully expanded and into the big ‘sea creatures’ tub they go

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gone fishing...

gone fishing…

Can I catch them?

Can I catch them?

putting them into the shell

putting them into the shell

 

The most exciting part of the afternoon’s activities for me was when Toby realised, without any prompting, that the clear beads could be caught with your hand or in the net, but then when they were thrown back into the water, they instantly disappeared!  He tried with the coloured beads, but they stayed visible, of course.  So much science and sensory fun!  I was always a KS2 teacher, but the Early Years are winning me round!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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