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 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 beads science experiment
Hypothesis: Yes, but only if they aren’t already filled with water
Experiment: Putting water beads in 3 different solutions
Water Beads Science
Results: All water beads changed color regardelss of their pre coloring water saturation.
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 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 =-)
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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