Amazing Dancing Water Beads: STEAM Activity

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Playing with water beads? Try this easy STEAM experiment first! Learn how to easily make dancing water beads in this easy STEAM activity for kids!

dancing water beads

Easy STEAM Activities

Science was one of my favourite subjects when I was at school. And now with my three kids I love that I get to explore science with them at home in these easy experiments. Giving them a glimpse at all the wonders science holds, laying the foundation for curiosity in learning! Check out this post for more easy STEAM Science activities.

dancing water beads

Watching the water beads jump and dance in this activity is mesmerizing. My kids wanted to repeat the reaction over and over again! Your kids will probably want to watch it over and over again too so have a few Alka-Seltzer tablets handy!

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How to Make Dancing Water Beads

  1. Take your water beads and start to grow them in water. I placed my water beads inside one of the mason jars I was going to use for this activity and added enough water to cover them. You don’t want your water beads growing to full size just yet. Once the activity is done, you can continue growing them for sensory play.
  2. Once the water beads are about half their full size it’s time to try this experiment.
  3. Fill a mason jar with water.
dancing water beads
  1. Add the water beads to the jar.
dancing water beads
  1. Add an Alka-Seltzer tablet and watch the water beads jump and dance in the jar as the tab dissolves. This should happen right away. TIP: break the tablet into pieces and add it slowly to extend the reaction!
dancing water beads
  1. Once the tablet dissolves you can add another one to watch it again.
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  1. After adding more than than two tablet the water gets cloudy. If your little one wants to watch it again, use a strainer to drain the water and save the water beads. Add fresh water and another tablet and watch it again!

Age Suitability for Dancing Water Beads

This activity is good for kids 3 years and up. My kids are 4, 4, and 8 year old. Water beads are a choking hazard. Alka-Seltzer is medicine, be sure to have your kids wash their hands after doing this experiment. Adult supervision is required.

Mess Level

This is a mess level is low.

Difficulty to Create


Skills Developed in Dancing Water Beads

Sensory play, language development, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity, curiosity.

Supplies for Dancing Water Beads

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  • Water beads
  • Water
  • Alka-Seltzer tablets
  • Mason jar or clear container

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