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This lava lamp is the perfect way for your students to add STEM to their day. Youll need  a couple simple materials, but the experiment comes together quickly and the reactions are almost immediate. This is perfect for your kindergarten classrooms with busy little learners.

Where to Purchase Water Beads?

We own bought water beads from a variety of places over time. Ive found them in the toy section of a local drugstore for $ Generally, I purchase water beads on Amazon. Those are the ones you see pictured here. More ideas

  1. This pack keeps every the colors separate, though, if youre interested in that thought for themed sensory bins. Plus it makes a whopping 3 gallons worth of water beads.
  2. You can also apparently discover them at the Dollar Tree (with a more limited color selection) or at a Michaels craft store in the floral section (water beads are used as a vase filler).
  3. Buy a color assortment as you see here, single colors, or clear water beads.
  4. You can purchase a little packet (plenty for family enjoyment or a little sensory tub) or you can purchase a large packet of water beads (if you wanted to fill a kiddie pool or use them at a party, maybe).

How to Hydrate Water Beads?

The water beads we own bought own always been super tiny hard beads, either packed in a plastic bag as in this picture, or in a little plastic test tube.

Empty the tiny dehydrated water beads into a dish, then add water.

Lots of water.

The little beads are made from a water-absorbing polymer and as the beads absorb water, they will grow.

And grow.

And grow.

If they absorb every the water in your dish, add more water.

It can take up to 8 hours or so to grow to full size.

Just watching the water beads grow and observing the changes along the way is enjoyment on its own (theres an awkward teen stage where theyre every knobbly and funky looking)!

But wait!

Theres more!

Getting Ready for the DIY Lava Lamp with Water Beads Experiment

Most of the ingredients you already own in your stash:

What to do with Water Beads?

3. Water beads with water balloons

(or other pretend frolic items)

My daughters have been obsessed with water balloon babies this summer.

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Ever since I once used them to bribe the kids out of the sandbox and into their bedtime bath. So naturally, the water balloon babies (which are just water balloons with a Sharpie marker face) own joined in the water bead sensory enjoyment, adding a pretend frolic element.

The kids have also used little figurines (princess dolls and animals) in the water beads and even cars once.


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Sorting water beads 

My kids sorted the water beads just for enjoyment, but theres also color recognition and fine motor skill development in practice here (great for the littles!) and even counting. Use your hands

or use spoons (measuring spoons work especially well).

or use these enjoyment kid scoopers.

8. Water beads below the tubes

We havent actually tried this thought yet, but I ponder that they would be grand enjoyment with these transparent tubes and funnels that Asia from Fun at Home with Kids set up with her kiddos


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Relax with water beads

This actually belongs up there near, if not with, that first sensory stimuli one. Water beads are soothing to touch and glance at. Playing with them can assist calm an upset kid or soothe a high strung one.

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They are also a relaxing way to start or finish the day.

2. Water beads on the light table

Water beads are awesome on their own, but they really shine on the light table.

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Since every my photos show water beads on our light table, Im including a shot of the light table itself here.

As you can see, it is simply a clear plastic storage box with a string of white Christmas lights inside and super simple to make (you might even own the materials in your home already). Our storage box is from Target but you can get them just about anywhere.

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The string of lights is skinny enough to slip out under the lid of the box, so no drilling required.

The best part? Much cheaper than the price tag on most light tables! And yet perfectly serviceable for every kinds of light table frolic, art, and learning.

6. Water bead science

These polymers grow as they absorb water and shrink as water evaporates from them See the beads that were left out of the water tray and how much smaller some of them are? It is exciting to observe them shrinking when left out of water and growing again when put in water.

I generally leave a little pitcher of water near the water beads so the kids can add water when they desire the water beads to grow more or just desire more water in the tub.

For more water bead science, try freezing water beads (as they did on Fit Kids Clubhouse) or soaking them in tonic water instead of regular water (as they did on Caution!

Twins at Play).

1. Sensory Water Beads

Sensory frolic is what water beads are best at.

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Kids of every ages (Im including myself here) love the feel and glance of them. They are so enticing! Colorful, smooth, squishy, cool Really, theres not much more you need to do with water beads than own a bowl full of them to plunge your hands into and hold and squish them.

7. Water beads in the bathtub or pool

Weve taken our water beads in the bath on occasion (when they were enlarged and there was no risk of them slipping below the drain) and the kids own had enjoyment scooping them up with the sieve and playing with them

Ive also seen others use them in the kiddie pool (as here on Busy Hands Blessed Hearts).


Water beads with shaving cream

Add shaving cream for double the sensory fun! Shaving cream is an awesome sensory material on its own but also contrasts wonderfully with water beads.

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We played with the two together

and the kids also made a shaving cream cake with water bead decorations.

 Bounce water beads

Yes, they bounce! Something you quickly study if you drop some. They bounce and scatter every over. While you dont desire to spill a bowl-full, testing their bounce-ability is fun.

Have you used water beads yet? If not, I recommend giving them a try!

Remember, you can purchase them on Amazon for a few dollars or glance for them at the Dollar Tree or a craft store such as Michaels Thats not a lot to pay for every the enjoyment youre certain to have with these!

Safer Water Beads for Babies and Toddlers

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If you own a lava lamp growing up you are going to love introducing this enjoyment science experiment to your students. Attempt this DIY lava lamp with water beads experiment in your classroom this week!


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