Glowing Rainbow Water Beads

FUN KID PROJECT:  Make rainbow water beads that GLOW!  SO COOL!!
Are you familiar with water beads?
 They are water-filled marbles that are squishy and bouncy and SO FUN!  Today, I tried to see if I could make glow-in-the-dark water beads.  I was amazed by the results!  Read on to see how to make your own rainbow water beads that GLOW!
Glowing Water Beads
for Kids
FUN KID PROJECT:  Make rainbow water beads that GLOW!  SO COOL!!
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If you are unfamiliar with water beads they are tiny polymers that fill with water.  They are most commonly used for keeping plants and flowers hydrated.  They can be found in the floral section of most stores or on Amazon here.  

They are a truly amazing sensory material for kids, and there are tons of fun ways to use them in activities!  Are you ready to blow the kids away with GLOWING water beads? 


Materials
 Note:  For the best effect you will want to use a blacklight for this activity. My girls love using these super cool flashlights.  We also have a blacklight fixture that we often use.  I also recommend these uv-safety glasses.  My girls love wearing them, and they will protect kids eyes if (or shall we say when) they shine the lights at each other. 

Method
  • Begin by squirting a dollop of paint into a bowl, using one bowl for each color of water beads that you wish to make.
  • Add very warm water to the bowls and stir until all paint is dissolved into the water.
  • You now have a variety of glowing water colors!
FUN KID PROJECT:  Make rainbow water beads that GLOW!  SO COOL!!
  • Add clear water beads to each bowl, and allow them to soak in the bowls of fluorescent water for several hours.
FUN KID PROJECT:  Make rainbow water beads that GLOW!  SO COOL!!
FUN KID PROJECT:  Make rainbow water beads that GLOW!  SO COOL!!
  • Add more water to the bowls as needed.
  • In 4-6 hours your water beads will be ready for play!
FUN KID PROJECT:  Make rainbow water beads that GLOW!  SO COOL!!
Empty them into a bin or container, and set kids free to explore!  Add buckets, shovels, kitchen gadgets, and more!

Other fun ways to play with your glowing water beads:

Tips & Storage:  Water beads can be stored for up to two weeks.  Store water beads in a covered container, and rinse them with cold water between play times. The neon paint that we use in our activities can be found online here

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