What perfectly combines learning, astonishment and design? Our Growing Water Beads! These beads can grow to a hundred times their own size when put in water. Your child is sure to experience wonder when observing the beads transform into beautiful, glass-like shapes. Moreover, they would make a creative decoration for your child’s bedroom. A method for how to do a scientific exploration of the beads with your child continues below:
Before placing the beads in water:
- Tell your child that these beads might look ordinary, but that they have a special talent. What do they think it is? How can you best explore them?
- If they do not suggest it, propose putting the beads in a container of water. What will happen to them?
- What they guess will happen is their hypothesis.
After the experiment, ask you child this to spark their curiosity:
- What happened to the beads? Why did they grow?
- Why do they shrink when we take them out of the water?
- What happens if we hold a water-filled bead over letters on a piece of paper?
- What would happen if we put a seed into the bead?
- The Growing Water Beads contain a substance called a polymer. The polymer is hydrophilic, which means it loves water. Polymers have the ability to absorb great amounts of water and that is why they grow. Similarly, polymers are found inside diapers. That is why diapers can hold an impressive amount of urine.
- The water which the beads have absorbed evaporates.
- The beads are tiny magnifying glasses.
- You can watch a seed sprout by inserting it into a water-filled bead.
The beads go perfectly with our Growing Water Cubes.