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Color Changing UV Beads Color Packs

Amazing UV Sensitive Beads Now in Individual Colors

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Product Name Price Qty
Approx. 500-pack of Red Beads

Item #: WUVB-303

$16.99
Approx. 500-pack of Blue Beads

Item #: WUVB-300

$16.99
Approx. 500-pack of Orange Beads

Item #: WUVB-301

$16.99
Approx. 500-pack of Purple Beads

Item #: WUVB-302

$16.99
Approx. 500-pack of Yellow Beads

Item #: WUVB-304

$16.99
Approx. 500-pack of Green Beads

Item #: WUVB-305

$16.99

Usually ships the next day.

Recommended for age 6 and up with adult supervision.

Availability: In stock

Color Changing Beads Color Packs

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Looking for our Color Changing UV Beads in the perfect colors for your school or special event? We have exactly what you need! Our always popular Energy Beads are now available in approximately 500-packs of individual colors. Mix and match your favorite colors of beads for a vibrant show when you take them outside. Your beads will come individually packaged and labeled so there will never be confusion over what color beads you have before they change color. Make bracelets and necklaces, test the effectiveness of sunscreen, or experiment with color while you learn about the power of sunlight. This top selling product just got better! Recommended for children ages 6 and up.

What's Included?
Color Changing UV Beads Color Packs come with:
  • Approx. 500 UV Beads in your choice of 6 colors
    • Blue
    • Green
    • Orange
    • Purple
    • Red
    • Yellow
  • Full-color activity guide
How Does It Work?

Don't blink your eyes because our color-changing beads are formulated to make the beads more reactive to the sun and the colors more vibrant. The UV-reactive pigment in the beads keeps the beads from permanently discoloring and speeds up the time it takes for the beads to change back to their original white color. The pigment in the beads makes them only reactive to UV light, like the rays emitted from the sun. The energy beads are not affected by light from light bulbs that do not emit ultraviolet light. The beads will remain white indoors, when shielded from sunlight.

What Does It Teach?

Use the beads to teach kids about the ultraviolet radiation and the care that needs to be taken to prevent the damage it may cause. Ultraviolet (UV) light is the invisible radiation that will give you a sunburn and injure your eyes if you're not careful. Sunglasses and sunscreens absorb UV photons. You can test their protective qualities by using your UV detecting beads.

Customer Reviews

High Quality! Review by Thelma

I wanted to let you guys know that I've bought UV beads from you in the past that were awesome; however, I tried to save money and bought some from "educational innovations," last time, instead, and they were of much poorer quality. I'm sticking to Steve Spangler in the future for UV beads for my students, for sure! Thank You! (Posted on 4/16/13)

UV beads Review by Linda Bolyard


This order was a restocking! I have a class on 19 7th graders and I use the UV beads as an activity when we talk about the UV being blocked by the ozone but that some still comes through. This year, I had the chance to treat some beads with sunscreen before we went outside. It was a "hurried" coating but it prevented some of them from turning and others turned very slowly. A most successful and enjoyable activity for my class. Love the fact that you now have all the spectrum colors!! (Posted on 3/22/13)

Great Review by steve

We had a Harry Potter party for our kids and their buddies. We used the blue and orange beads to make necklaces that the kids reached inside the magic hat and picked out a necklace and then went outside to see which team they were on for the Quiddige match. They were absolutely amazed! All were so excited to show their parents when they got home. (Posted on 3/15/13)

Love them Review by Joy

I did not see the rainbow package on line when ordering. However, the kids love them. (Posted on 2/1/13)

UV Beads Review by Dawn Hardy

We used the yellow and blue beads for making ten facts. Each student put 10 beads on a bracelet then we went outside to see what 10 fact they had. Then we made a human picture graph of the results. Great fun! (Posted on 1/4/13)

Great to show what sunscreen does! Review by Brittany

We separated the beads into 3 bags. First, we showed what happens to the beads when they come out into the sun. Then, in one bag, we had chidren apply new spray-on sunscreen to the beads and hide them from the sun. When we brought them back out less than 30 seconds later, they didn't change! The sun screen protected them! With the 3rd back we did the same as the second, but we used a year old spray-on sunscreen bottle...it was an interesting outcome! Based on what we saw, I will be purchasing a new bottle of sunscreen each year!!! (Posted on 11/18/12)

Awsome lesson! Review by D. Elder

My after school students and teachers were intrigued by the beads. We tested UV protection in sunglasses and they were surprized to see the results. Everyone had fun! (Posted on 10/5/12)

Great Product Review by Jane

It was like magic before my very eyes. Worked perfectly. Not sure what the other person from Texas was talking about. (Posted on 9/9/12)

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  • What  are the dimensions of an energy bead?
    Each energy bead is approximately 6mm x 9mm and the hole size is approximately 4mm.
  • Do the beads fade over time?
    After we left the beads out for the entire day and brought them inside, they returned to white.
  • How long do the beads last?
    We still have some of the original batch from a couple of years ago that are still going strong.

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