I really love to do science activities with my kids. Sometimes we cook up elaborate science experiments and demonstrations. But other times, science can be as simple as this water bead science activity. I had no elaborate goal with this activity. I just wanted my kids to observe two water beads in different environments to see what would happen to each.
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We found two cups, and we left one cup dry while we filled the other one with water. Then we placed a blue water bead in to both cups.
Here is the top view of each cup.
In three days we went back to check on the water beads, and they had totally changed!
The bead in the dry cup (on the left) had completely dehydrated back to its original size, and had changed to a very dark blue color. The bead in the water cup (on the right) was no longer visible, but the water had turned a darker shade of blue.
I took the bead out of the water cup and found that it was, of course, still plump and hydrated. Further, it had lost its blue color to the surrounding water.
Yay for simple science!
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