Children are naturally curious about their world. They wonder, question, discuss and make discoveries. We felt that water beads would be an ideal way to provide our little scientists with an opportunity for discovery.
We began our experiment by placing a handful of small water beads into a large bowl. We then asked the children to predict what would happen if we added water to the bowl.
We had some interesting predictions.
Walker: “They will change colour.”
Nicolas: “They will stay the same.”
Annabel: “They will get mashed up.”
Ffion: “It will sink.”
Karson: “They will just roll in the water.”
After a couple of hours the children noticed that the water level was decreasing as the size of the beads were increasing.
Edward: “I wonder what will happen to it tomorrow when we come back to school”.
Alexander: “They will explode.”
Wren: “No they will get bigger and bigger.”
The next morning, we placed the beads on our table for the children to explore. It was interesting to listen to them describe how the beads felt to each other.
These are some of their observations:
Noemie: “It feels squishy.”
Anika: “It feels soft.”
Wren: “I think it feels slimy.”
Nicolas: “It feels a little bit funny and gloopy.”
Handling beads helps develop fine motor skills. Using pincers to pick up the beads helps develop hand eye coordination.
Water beads promote learning and development in a number of ways: from fine motor and sensory skills to science and maths.