4th of July Week Day 3: Red, White and Waterbeads

4th of July Week Day 3:  Red, White and Waterbeads

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This week, we’re having 4th of July week. Scroll down to learn how to make Fourth of July Pinwheels and then click here to find out what other awesome musical activities we’ve done this week.

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What you need:

  • 4-6 packages of red, white and blue waterbeads.  (You can find them in the floral section at any craft store or here on Amazon.  They come in small bags and look like tiny bags of pellets.  They cost about $3.00 per bag, but if you watch for sales, you can get them for a lot less.  I got mine using a 50% off coupon at Joann Fabric but I also saw them on sale at Hobby Lobby for 50% off last week when the floral arranging supplies were on sale.)
  • A large plastic container
  • Water
  • measuring cups and bowls for playing.

What to do:

  • Empty waterbeads into the container.  It will look very scant.
  • Add 8 cups of water for every package of beads.
  • Set aside for 4-6 hours, checking every hour or so to see if the beads need more water.  They absorb water so make sure they are swimming in it.
  • After 4-6 hours, drain excess water and give your kids measuring spoons, cups and ladles to play with.
  • Store in water for a few days so they can play more.  When you are done playing with them, drain water and set them outside to dry.  In a few days, they will be back into their dry pellet form and you can save them for future use.

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