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Mardi Gras Beads Science

Discover Newton's First Law of Motion with this Mardi Gras Bead actvitiy!

Materials Needed

Mardi Gras Beads Science

Difficulty Level: Medium

Time Needed: 7 minutes

Best done: Indoors

Mess Level: Low

Beaded Necklaces

Materials Needed

  • Bead Necklace

  • Empty glass

Time to Experiment!

  • For this activity, your children will have a basic introduction to Newton’s Law “an object in motion will stay in motion!”


  • First-carefully cut the beaded necklace so that it is one long strand. Then place the beads into the jar-layering them, not just throwing them in. You don’t want them to tangle up or else the experiment does not work well. Carefully place the end of the strand over the side of the jar.

  • Ask your children to predict what will happen when they pull on the end of the strand.

  • -If they predict they will all come out, ask them how fast they think this will happen.

  • Then slightly pull on the beads and they should all come out!


  • **The basics of this are that as the beads are all attached, once they start moving, they want to continue moving (as Newton’s law of motion states)!

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