29 March 2012

Toddler Activity of the Week: Water Beads

Another sensory activity with a little science thrown in for fun.  Watching these expand blew our minds!

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Before they Expanded

Water Beads are strange polymers that grow huge to fill a vase when water is added.  I think they're meant to water your flowers.  My husband says they feel like frog eggs, but I've never felt frog eggs.  They're super slimy and they bounce!


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After They Expanded

The girls had a blast...  but this made my normally pretty laid back self crazy!  For some reason, I just couldn't let them throw them everywhere!  So I was micro-managing.   Bad idea.  Don't do that... let them play

We also tossed about a liter of these in the tub.  They had a ball with them.  But if you do it... make sure that your drain is a smaller diameter than the beads so you don't have to fish them all out :-p

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