Icy Water Bead Cubes

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Recently, while wandering past the water beads, I found water cubes! They are bigger then the normal water beads, and they are cubes. Obvious yes, but I thought the different shape was interesting.


With it being winter, the logical thing to me was to freeze some of them into ice cubes (Thanks to Growing a Jeweled Rose).  Not to drink though!

So here is what they look like out of the package.


And halfway hydrated.


And fully hydrated.


Then i set a few of them on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet and froze them.  My hope was for them no to become a huge glob of ice cubes!


I placed the frozen cubes in one side on my bin and the non-frozen ones on the other side.  I went looking for penguins or polar bears to add, but all I came up with was one penguin.  Didn't really matter as the girls were more entertained by the difference between the frozen and non-frozen cubes. I kept Eli out of this one because the cubes were a good choking hazard size, and he has been putting everything in his mouth lately!


Bria thought the the non-frozen ones looked like jewels.

They spread the frozen cubes out to make them look like icebergs.




Then we waited and observed them as they thawed too.  I guess I didn't really think about what would happen to a frozen water bead. Surprisingly, it turned to mush. I guess freezing disrupts the molecules enough that they no longer hold their shape. 


Eventually they thawed completely and were clear again.  Somehow my camera missed that!  It was pretty interesting to have the mush along with the whole cubes though. So as long as you don't want beads (or cubes) anymore try freezing them for a new sensory experience!





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