Surprise, surprise. This reusable water balloon sensory play idea includes our favorite colorful counting bears. This is a winning combination for bubbly water play both inside and out. Summer is all about water activities for kids, and this is a must-add to your list of ideas!
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It all began with reusable water balloons
This summer, we discovered reusable water balloons. Full disclosure, the balloons are suggested for ages 8-12. They have small magnets that are harmful if eaten. Use your discretion and best judgment. So far, we are pleased with the brand we chose listed in the supply list.
These reusable water balloons are also found on my water toys for kids.
Setting up reusable water balloon sensory play
My middle child is now eight (whoa, how did that happen), and he asked if he could play with the sensory bin and set it up. Could I say yes any faster? In a blink of an eye, he is mature enough to help gather the supplies, pour the water, and adds his ideas. He thought a tin foil boat would be an excellent addition, and I could not agree more.
- Gather a large bin, reusable water balloons, and plastic counting bears.
- Open the reusable water balloons and add them to the bin.
- Add one plastic counting bear to each water balloon.
- Fill each water balloon with water. The reusable water balloons close on their own, so you can take the bin to the fountain and close it as you fill it.
- Make a tin foil boat to help rescue the bears in the reusable water balloons. (imaginary play bonus)
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Sensory bins are ageless
This water sensory bin is proof that sensory bins are ageless. Pouring, scooping, touching, and exploring simply do not get old. I highly encourage you to read the importance of sensory play to learn more about why they are worth the small amount of effort to set up.
Toddlers, preschoolers, and big kids alike may even enjoy the same bin year after year. You will notice how they play differently as they grow, expanding on prior knowledge.
If you are just beginning sensory play with your toddler, I encourage you to read my guide on introducing sensory play. I wrote it when my youngest was 18 months, and I was knee-deep in being a mom to three littles. I hold a very special (and messy) time dear to my heart.
When setting up low-prep activities for kids, I keep supplies super simple. I also like to use supplies that you can use again and again. Take a look at our water balloon activity post for a chance to reuse your reusable water balloons.
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Reusable Water Balloons
These have been a big hit with my boys and their friends. Small magnets inside each water balloon, so they are advised for kids 8-12.
Sensory Water Table
If you prefer a water table without all the extras, this one is for you! Use all year long with storage below.
This 40 QT bin is a simple way to inspire more sensory play at home with kids. Here is why sensory play is important.
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It’s just playing, right?
If you are new to Days with Grey, you will quickly understand that playing is one of the most powerful ways a child (and adult) can learn. Some children enjoy messy or outdoor play, and others prefer art ideas. The key to learning is finding what your child revels in and offering opportunities to explore the interest.
This sensory activity explores science, measurement, and strengthening fine motor muscles as your child opens and closes each water balloon.
Now go on! Let’s get this reusable water balloon counting bear rescue party started!
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Good water toys for kids last longer than one use. Kiddie pool, toddler splash pad, water tables, reusable water balloons, treasure diving toys, Wave Runner skipping balls, snorkel sets, foldable buckets, and underwater scooters. Here is my list of favorite water toys for kids.
Look for water toys that are within your price point, have good durability ratings, and look like a good fit for your family and lifestyle.