Today, we are making DIY red hydrogels and incorporating a science of magnetism into our sensory play.
Use clear hydrogels (buy in bulk here)
Add food coloring when you add water to hydrate and inflate your hydrogels
Then, make a "fishing rod" from a straw and a pipe cleaner and glue a small magnet to the end
P.S. To store your hydrogels (water-beads) ~ rinse them after play with cold water and add a few drops of tea-tree oil to prevent mold growth and store in an airtight container in a fridge. They will last you a very long time. We just opened one container stored for two months and they barely shrunk ~ just rinse them before use!
Happy Holiday fishing, counting and learning through play!
For more holiday fun, see here 🎄Christmas Inspired Unit Study.