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Sensory Water Beads Activities

This Water Beads activity is a great way to combine water beads sensory play with an educational water beads science experiment. Water beads are a fascinating material to explore for kids. Not only are they fun to squish and feel their slippery, watery texture, but they are inexpensive too making them great for sensory bins. I found myself wondering about the science behind sensory play so we decided to play and learn with water beads! This water beads science is perfect for your learners from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too.

This Water Beads activity is a great way to combine water beads sensory play with an educational water beads science experiment. Water beads are a fascinating material to explore for kids. Not only are they fun to squish and feel their slippery, watery texture, but they are inexpensive too making them great for sensory bins. I found myself wondering about the science behind sensory play so we decided to play and learn with water beads! This water beads science is perfect for your learners from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too.

Sensory Water Beads

Has your family dived into playing with water beads? We decided to make it educational by exploring the science behind water beads in our homeschool. It was also a great water bead sensory play activity for my toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 students as well. Using sensory water beads is fun to play with and explore their unique teture and beautiful colors. But more than just a fun water bead activity, I wanted to understands more about how water beads worked. SO we tried this simple, but fun water bead science experiment.

Water Beads for Kids

Believe it or not, we had yet to try water beads – the rage around popular kids blogs for months. So we added them to our summer bucket list. Boy am I glad we did! They are so cool!  So basically you put a pack of mustard-seed-size balls in water and 1-4 hours later you have marble size, water-filled, flexible balls!
water bead sensory science play for toddler, preschool, and homeschool

Water Bead Activities

Being a homeschooling Mom I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to squeeze in some learning too!  So we worked through the Scientific Method:

Questions: Can we color clear water beads?

water bead experiment #1

Water beads science experiment

Hypothesis: Yes, but only if they aren’t already filled with water

Experiment: Putting water beads in 3 different solutions

trying to color clear waterbeads with 3 different solutions

Water Beads Science

Results: All water beads changed color regardelss of their pre coloring water saturation.

scientific method results

How long does it take for a waterbead to get full size?

We also observed how the mass changed as they sat in water longer. But no matter how long they stayed in water after 3 hours they remained  the same. (Don’t they look like marbles!)
Water Bead Sensory Science

Water Bead Sensory Play

Then it was time to let the kids explore & PLAY! They had hours of fun scooping, sorting, and feeling the unique texture.  All the kiddos (and Mom) played, but these pictures of Tinker Bell are my favorites =-)

Water Bead Sensory Play for Toddler and Preschoolersthis is FUN
I LOVE the colors/look of this picture. Tinker Bell (21 months) thought this was SUPER funny!

water bead sensory play ideas

Note: I do want to point out that although water beads are a LOT of fun & a great sensory experience, they are not intended for children. They are actually for flowers. My kids were closely supervised during our playtime and we carefully looked for any stray bead before finishing the activity. Please use your best judgment if this is a good activity for your child.

What’s your favorite thing to do with water beads?

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Summer Fun

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Summer Activities for Kids

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Fun Summer Activities for Kids

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Balloon Craft Ideas

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About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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