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Category Sensory Play Date June 18th, 2020

Ocean Themed water bead sensory bin

“the beach is always a good idea”

This heatwave has us dreaming of days spent on the beach! So we made an ocean in our living room. These water beads are my new favorites (they are so pretty!)

Lucy loved playing with the "water" on one side and the sand on the other. It lasted a whole week in her sensory bin because we had so much fun with it! Once play slowed down, I decided to switch it up a little. I took the "water" away and traded the shells and sea animals for sand molds. She loves playing with kinetic sand and little molds in the living room almost as much as big molds at the beach!

If your children are too young for water beads, tapioca pearls make a great substitute! We love 'em!

We hope you have fun experimenting with things in your sensory bin! We LOVE water beads, what's your favorite material? Let us know in the comments or tag us on IG so we can see and try it too!

Want to shop this post? Some of the links below are are amazon affiliate links which means, if you clickity over to amazon and purchase them, I receive a small commission at no cost to you. Any compensation from the link goes right into Lucy's warrior fund to help us, help her, battle retinoblastoma. You can follow along on her journey using her hashtag, #lucythewarrior on facebook and instagram.  xoxo

Ocean colored water beads

Tapioca Pearls (for a taste safe alternative)

shells

"paper" boat

kinetic sand

artic animals set (plastic whales)

wooden crab (not an affiliate link)

wooden whale (not an affiliate link)

Additional materials we use with our kinetic sand and water beads:

Plastic sea creatures

More plastic sea creatures

Kinetic Sand Molding Set

 

Our favorite ocean books to go with the activity!

How to hide an octopus

The Big Book of the Blue

Hooray for Fish

 

 

Take Me to the Top

Kinetic Sand Treasure Hunt

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Kinetic Sand Treasure Hunt

Kinetic Snow Animal Rescue

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Kinetic Snow Animal Rescue

colored foam in the sensory table

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colored foam in the sensory table

Gem Hunt Activity

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Gem Hunt Activity

Salt Drawing for Kids

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Salt Drawing for Kids

Salt Tray patterns

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Salt Tray patterns

Saint Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Play Dough Activity

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Saint Patrick's Day Pot of Gold Play Dough Activity

Simple Spring Sensory Bin

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Simple Spring Sensory Bin