Pouring + Measuring w/ Rainbow Water Beads

sensory bins with rainbow water beads and plastic beakers with text overlay: In the Science Lab Pouring & Measuring with Rainbow Water BeadsThis post may contain affiliate links which means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if an item is purchased through one of these links.  For more information, see my disclosures here.

A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

If you’ve been following along with our Tot School Days, then you know our theme for this month is Science Lab. If not, what are you waiting for? You can check out all the awesome stuff we’ve been up to here.

One of our activities a few weeks ago was all about Who a scientist is. And it was definitely one of those lessons that really made me think about the approach I’m taking to parenting and preschool. After all, I truly believe in taking advantage of teachable moments as they occur. And let’s face it, our days are full of them.

toddler putting hand in sensory bin with rainbow water beads
I loved the concept of this activity, but I really wanted to own it. The little guy is completely and totally obsessed with water beads and I thought a pouring and measuring activity would be an awesome introduction to what we were already doing.

What you’ll need

  • Translucent Activity Tub
  • Rainbow Water Beads
  • Plastic Beakers

Here’s how to do it

Put the rainbow water beads in the translucent activity tub and add water. Make sure to add enough water to not only cover the beads, but also for them to have space to expand. We usually do this the night before.

sensory bin with rainbow water beads and plastic beakers
By the time we get up the next morning, everything’s ready to roll. Our water beads have totally expanded and now they’re all kinds of squishy. Lol…

toddler holding plastic beaker filled with rainbow water beads
I put the translucent activity tub on the floor, handed the little guy the plastic beakers, and a took a step back. He definitely loves sensory activities and this one was no exception.

toddler putting rainbow water beads in plastic beaker
For really little kids, this is an excellent time to talk about hard vs. soft and solids vs. liquids.

toddler dropping rainbow water beads into plastic beaker
For not-so-little kids, you can use it as an opportunity to work on measuring skills. 50 ml is less than 100 ml, but I can use the 50 ml beaker to fill the 100 ml beaker, etc.

toddler picking up water beads in sensory bin
And of course little kids love just exploring these materials too. Filling each beaker and then transferring water back and forth between two or more of them.

toddler filling plastic beaker with rainbow water beads
Or filling one beaker entirely with water beads, dumping it out, and then starting over again.

toddler reaching into plastic beaker filled with rainbow water beads
Just talking to your little kids about what they’re doing builds language & literacy skills.

toddler filling multiple plastic beakers with rainbow water beads
Open-ended activities like this one are awesome and the possibilities are literally endless. They can be used for everything from mathematics and reasoning to language and literacy.

toddler pouring water from one beaker to another
Looking for more insight & inspiration? Here are the top 10 most popular posts from The Keeper of the Memories. You’re definitely not going to want to miss these!

Thanks so much for visiting. See ya next week!


  1. Yep! Definitely lots of fun things to do with these! Thanks so much for visiting, Abby! Have an awesome week!

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