Water cycle bracelet

Students make a bracelet with repeating colours of beads, each colour of bead representing stages of the water cycle.
Science content
Earth/Space: Water cycle, Water conservation (2)
Lessons activity is in
  • coloured beads (e.g. pony beads or wooden beads, of 6 distinct colours). 4 per student (plastic pony beads) or 2 per student (larger wooden beads)
  • pipe cleaner, cut to an appropriate length for a bracelet (allowing for twisting the ends together) one for each student. It time, bend the ends over to avoid scratching skin with the cut end

Each student makes a bracelet with coloured or shaped beads. The beads are threaded in an order that represents the stages of the water cycle.

With with smaller pony beads we repeated the cycle four times and with large shaped beads we used one of each bead shape.

Once made, an adult can secure their bracelets on each student's wrist. By tucking the pipe cleaner ends inside the adjacent beads, an unbroken circle of repeating bead colours represents the endless cycling of water on earth.

Grades taught
Gr 1
Gr 2
Gr 3
Teaching site
Elsie Roy Elementary
Fraser Elementary
Gordon Elementary
McBride Elementary
Pacific Heights Elementary
Suncrest Elementary
West Coast Christian School