Coloring Water Beads

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We just love water bead at our house. The girls can just play with them for hours! I can as well. Most of the water beads we have used have been colored. We decided it was time to see what would happen is we put food coloring in the water.

What you need for this activity: clear water beads (or gems), 6 cups, food coloring and water.

Coloring Water Beads - 3Dinosaurs.com

First thing we did is count the same number beads into each cup.

Coloring Water Beads - 3Dinosaurs.com

We put the food coloring into the cups. We made sure to only use red, yellow and blue to make all the colors. We put 6 drops of food coloring into the cups.

Coloring Water Beads - 3Dinosaurs.com

Then we poured the water into the cups and let them set for an hour.

Coloring Water Beads - 3Dinosaurs.com

We checked on our water beads an hour later to see what had happened. We saw that the beads had adsorbed some of the color and were not full yet.

Coloring Water Beads - 3Dinosaurs.com

We put more water in and left them over night. When we check them the next day we noticed that the water was colored as well the beads and we could barely see them in the water.

Coloring Water Beads - 3Dinosaurs.com

We poured all the beads on a white paper and looked at them. We had fun look at them in a bowl as well.

Coloring Water Beads - 3Dinosaurs.com

Have you had any fun with water beads lately?

Here are some other fun Color and water bead activities:

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About Cassie

Cassie is a mom of three stomping, romping, and roaring girls. She blogs about fun art and craft activities and printables she makes. She includes the odd review of products every now and then. She also blogs about the places that she has taken the girls called trip reviews. She has a few free printable pack for kids ages 2 to 8 and always adding more. She loves to get comments and feedback and always looking for new things to try or do with her girls.
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12 Responses to Coloring Water Beads

  1. Angie says:

    We have played with water beads. We’ve really enjoyed them, except our break at a tremendous rate. Is this common or did we get fragile beads? Do they ever go back to original size or do I just need to find a place to put them and have more frequent water bead days?

    • Cassie says:

      I only keep ours for around a week. I have never tried to make them shrink at all. I know they can break but we have been careful for whatever we do with them we just have fun and enjoy them. I know that each brand reacts differently. So maybe try a different brand of them.

  2. My kids love playing with water beads ….. my ‘big kids’ are more careful with them than the toddler — she actually loves squishing them! Yuck!

    I’m adding this to my Science resources for homeschooling Pinterest board. I appreciate you linking up such great resources over on The Thoughtful Spot!

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  4. Jill says:

    I learned the hard way last week that if you don’t do something with water beads they mold after about 10 days. Just an FYI 😉

    I had no idea you could color them! I am trying this soon.

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

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  6. Victoria says:

    I love this!! I have to admit that we have not tried water beads yet, but this post has convinced me to finally get some! Heading over to Amazon now 🙂 Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop to share with our readers! You were featured as one of my favorites this week 🙂

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