We often times let them grow, use them, then let them shrink back down, grow them, shrink them, and so on. This time, before they shrink back down(a process which takes quite a long time), I decided that we could sacrifice a few for the sake of art.
- This will make a mess. If you do not like messes, this is not for you.
- If you use plastic toothpicks, they won't suck up the color, but what's the fun in that?
- You don't have to use water color paint, it just is a favorite for the kids.
- Don't expect the water beads to stay on the toothpicks, because the point of this exercise isn't water bead balance. It's learning about them falling off, chasing them around, poking them with the toothpicks, rolling them, pinching them, smashing them, and all of the fun things that you can do to boost those fine motor skills.
- Do not direct what they are painting. This isn't an, "Okay class, let's paint a portrait of your family" type of thing. It's purely exploratory and learning cause and effect.
Have some fun and get creative with the things you use to paint with! Reclaim those old water beads and smash them to oblivion in the name of art!
Trust me, you're gonna love it!