Water Bead Painting

February 08, 2012

We have so many water beads left over from the group sensory play date we recently hosted, and have been trying to find new ways to explore with them.  The other day while we were playing with the water beads on our light table, Rosie asked to paint.  "Great idea", I thought.  Let's paint with water beads!

Painting with water beads is very similar to marble painting.  Since painting and playing with water beads are two of Rosie's favorite activities.  I was so excited to combine them!

I placed a small hand full of water beads in clear cups, and added tempera paint.  I then set out a shallow box  with paper inside.  I was anxious to see how Rosie would handle this activity.  Would she pick up the water beads, and place them in the box, or pick up the cups, and dump the water beads into the box?

                                           Rosie decided  that dumping was best suited

She was enthralled!  As with most toddlers, Rosie loves filling and dumping containers.

Once Rosie had dumped all the cups, it was time to shake the box around to spread the paint.

Then Rosie began using her hands to manipulate the beads, and further paint the paper.

The squishy gooey beads made her laugh uncontrollably

She loved the texture of the paint and the water beads together. 

Squishing them in her hands

What a beautiful painting!

This was such a fun activity!  Rosie played with the water beads in the box for quite a while after she was done painting.  We will definitely be painting with water beads again! 


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Crystal Underwood is the writer and creator of Growing A Jeweled Rose. She has worked extensively with children and strongly believes in the importance of play at the core of early learning. She is passionate about the early years and believes that childhood should be a truly magical time in life. For all the best kids activities connect with Growing a Jeweled Rose below!