This summer, I am going to freeze a lot of stuff. Up first – frozen water bead ice pods.
Families are typically Team Water Bead or Team NOPE. I fall somewhere in between with frozen water bead ice pods.
I love how water beads entertain my children through summer, yet I do not love having them scattered all over the front lawn.
With frozen water bead pods, the melting is the majority of the activity. When the pods melt, water beads are contained! Cheers to that.
RELATED: New to water beads and not sure where to begin? I have this article about water beads here.
It’s true. I use this muffin tin more for sensory play than baking muffins.
Sure, sure. Becoming a parent teaches you so much more than one can imagine.
But the ability to freeze plastic toys? Now that is something unexpected.
Our life is repeated with water games and ways to play outside to keep us cool with hot summer days.
What are water beads?
Water beads are non-toxic round balls made out of sodium polyacrylate. When water beads are in the water, they expand in size. They are also biodegradable.
Water beads are intended for ages 4 years+. However, if you are looking for sensory play for toddlers, start with this step-by-step guide on introducing sensory bins.
They are not edible and should not go in the mouth.
All activities to be done under adult supervision © 2021 by Days with Grey LLC, and you need to watch your children closely when they handle water beads.
With proper supervision, water beads make an exciting sensory exploration for play!
Did you know that you can freeze water beads?
The trick is making them first.
If you are new to water beads, put about 2 tablespoons into a container and add an inch or two of water. Not an exact science. The idea is to cover the water beads for them to absorb the water and grow.
Add the water at night and discover the growth the next day!
Just a little sensory prep
Once your water beads have grown, you are ready to add them into your muffin tin.
First, add water to each section.
Next, drop in a handful of water beads and add the tray into the freezer.
When your water bead pods are frozen, it is time to play!
Seriously. If our freezer doesn’t scream kids live here, then I don’t know what does! I keep things like this in my freezer to pull out when we need them right next to the ice pops.
As the water bead pods melt, my four and six-year-old squirt-colored water into each pod. This adds just a little more excitement into the play and also explores a little color mixing along the way.
As everything melts, it all begins to mix into a water table.
Here are the water beads we like and use
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- We use this brand of water beads linked here.
- Muffin tin
- Squirt bottles – listed in our outdoor sensory supply list
- Food coloring to mix with squirt bottles
The water bead pack comes with a LOT of water beads. Just a few supplies will go a long way! So you will have plenty of time to make, play, repeat. Just like we did here with our water bead relay races.