Water Beads are truly Amazing! We've played with them and used them for sensory experiences, but this time we really observed up close the most amazing part of water beads: how they start so small and grow so big in just 4 hours! Here is our documentation:
Observing Growing Water Beads:
Starting out very tiny.
Then growing right before our very eyes.....within minutes.
Look at how lumpy they look as they are growing or (absorbing water).
Here you can see the so tiny to full size water beads!
On average they grow to about the size of marbles as you can see,
Now Observing Shrinking Water Beads:
We placed the water beads on some layers of paper towels here so they could begin shrinking faster. They shrink much faster when you have them separated too. If you keep them in a bin together the shrinking process is much slower. Also, you might notice the "real marble" placed in the lower right corner. We used that as a comparison to see how much they were shrinking.
Some of the water beads we isolated along with a "real marble" to see how much faster they would shrink with less moisture from other water beads around.
One surprise we found along the way was a "tear drop shaped" water bead!!!! How cool is that????
We observed shrinking each day. This is after 2 days or so.
Here is showing comparison with a marble up close.
2 more days go by.
A little more shrinking 2 days later. It may depend on the temperature outside or in your house of how fast they shrink too.
A noticeable difference with 2 more days. Some of the water beads were back to their original size. The water beads isolated in separate containers shrank much faster.
A lot of readers will ask, "Do water beads shrink back to their original size?" As you can see, they do.
Much slower if they are stored together in a bag or container.
We enjoyed this week long experiment. Hope you have tried water beads and just maybe this post may spark your interest. Check out our other post on Water Beads: Water Bead Fun!
***Note: Water Beads Should Not Be Ingested!***
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