Oh yes, it's a waterbead post. I know, you're all sick of hearing about waterbeads by now, you're wondering what the next big craze is going to be right? Well I'll be honest friends, I wasn't even planning on writing this post - part of my MO here is new ideas, creative twists, unexpected fun - and, well, I had no twist, no superfantastic way to make my beads glow or sign or levitate. I just had a bunch of waterbeads, a tupperware tub a few plastic spoons... and a lot of happy kids!
And that kinda got me thinking. Waterbeads might have been *done* all over the Internet, but they have never been done in my house. My son has never plunged his hands into a bowl of them, practised counting or sorting or colour recognition with them before. We have never made waterbead cupcakes or cups of tea or dinosaur swamps before.
And I realised sometimes we get all caught up in the superfantastic, quest for innovate original content - we forget to have fun. Now I'm not saying it's not fun when we make glow in the dark slime, re-use coffee grinds in our playdough or rip open a disposable nappy and create fake snow - all I'm saying is it doesn't always have to be that way! I'm always saying, the beauty of childhood is the joy they find in simple pleasures - this is something I need to take to heart!
Sensory play shouldn't look difficult or flashy or particularly ingenious - it should look do-able, maybe a little messy and most of it should look like fun! After all your kiddos aren't going to want to get their hands stuck in (or feet or whole bodies) if they don't think it will be fun!
...and that is all. Stuff you have lying round your house, used in new ways is the best fun - for one it is cheap, it is accessible (no more waiting till mama has been shopping before we can play!) it is unexpected and it encourages your kiddos to use their imagination!