I’m so happy that I finally get to write a post about water beads – mainly because I have been looking longingly at them for a while on all the US blogs but finally we’ve managed to locate them in the UK – and you can find them in the Rainy Day Mum Store.

Water beads are amzing little beads used in the floristry industry for allowing you to have flower but without the need to have water in the vase but they make an amazing sensory play activity for children.

Green Water BeadsAs J is 2 and a half I set the water beads to grow overnight so they were ready for play during T’s nap time and as soon as she went down I got them out and set up our table in the kitchen and the water beads out for him.

First sight of water beads
J inspected the water beads carefully from afar at first

J is quite cautious with new experiences so he firstly inspected them from the surface without touching or feeling them. Once he had made sure that they weren’t anything horrendous he started to touch them and decided instantly that he knew what they were.

Water beads used for learning about frog life cycle
J decided that the water beads were frog eggs

Frog Eggs – well technically frog spawn but one of the books that he recieved for his birthday was the Teeney Weeney Tadpole which starts with frog spawn and it seems to be that the water beads are his frog spawn (which I must admit as J has never touched frog spawn I was very surprised at the connection).

Once he had played for a while he discovered that he could squish the water beads between his fingers

Inspecting a water bead
J in the process of squishing a water bead

Tuesday Tots

This week we are really pleased to announce a co-host for the Tuesday Tots from now on – Growing a Jeweled Rose. You can link up via Rainy Day Mum or Growing a Jeweled Rose each week and each of us will also feature our favourite posts from the week before.

If you are featured please grab the “Featured at” badge from my side bar and I would really love for you to either mention in a text link or use the sidebar badge to link back to the Tuesday Tots link party.

Featured at Rainy Day Mum Tuesday Tots

This week I’m featuring Welly Walking over on Growing Together (Play Laugh Learn) a new blog for me but I can completly relate to the proud moment of wearing wellies out in the garden for the first time – it won’t be very long before T is as well. Please grab the featured at badge.

Welly Walking

Please link up below – same as last week. Tuesday Tots is for Under 5’s and not linked to a giveaway but can be any activity, craft, proud moment, play experience that you have had. I really look forward to reading about your Tots.

Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.


  1. thanks for featuring my post. I am new to mummy blogging. I do it partly so I can treasure simple but precious everyday things as our welly walking. It is lovely to share,read and be inspired by other bloggers

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