Ready for the easiest sensory bin EVER? Seriously it took minimal time to assemble and my girls LOVED it. They played with it when I introduced it and a few days later with daddy (who was just as intrigued as the girls) and my two year old has asked to play it two or three other times. I apologize for the pictures. I thought I took some without kid hands of it when I set it up but they have disappeared from my computer and phone. And because my girls were so excited, their hands are in constant motion in every picture!
-Arctic TOOB animals
This was our first time using water beads. I have NO idea what I was waiting for because they are so easy and so fun with minimal mess. Because I wanted to create the bin the next day, I bought my water beads from Joann's. They were definitely more money but I wanted them fast and I knew I wanted clear and blue. I think in the future I will order from Amazon instead of spending almost $5 for each pack. You can find these in the floral sections since they are designed to hold water in vases.
I found our TOOB of arctic animals at Michael's before Christmas and it was on sale. I feel like I don't see them on sale (like $3 off the normal $10ish price) so I grabbed them. So definitely buy online or use a coupon to save you some money.
I read the directions on the water beads but I didn't really know how much they would expand or really what I was doing. I just dumped the tiny beads (not the whole pack - maybe 1/4 to 1/2) and poured water in the bucket. I checked the next day and they were bigger but there wasn't enough so I dumped in more with more water. This second batch didn't seem to expand as much so we had a few different sizes.
The girls loved playing with the animals but quickly asked for spoons and buckets and spent time filling and dumping and mixing.