Water beads are non-toxic, easy to use and encourage kids to use their imagination.
Water beads are sold in individual and labelled tubes, and once grown, you get a massive bowl of slippery bouncy fun!
Water beads start as tiny dehydrated/dried little beads… to grow them, all you do is simply pour them into a bowl of water, cover with six cups of water, and watch them grow over the following six hours into firm balls of bouncy, slippery fun (up to 150 times their original size.) Once they are grown, drain off the remaining water, and then start playing!
And the best part is they are re-useable!
What do you do with them?
We’re often asked this question, and there are so many ways to use them, you are limited only by your imagination – which is what makes this product so awesome for all ages.
Preschoolers: colour sorting, counting, pretend cooking, water play, sensory play, fine motor skills, bouncing, rolling, fairy gardens, make a fairy rainbow, look for the magic ones (there are a few in each packet!) dragon caves, in the bath (remember to sieve them out before you let the plug out!) *not for use under three years of age
School age: science experiments (you can dry them on a tray in the sun and they’ll go back to their original bead size, ready to grow all over again!), treasures, bouncing, fairy gardens, dragon caves, swapping/trading, in the bath (remember to sieve them out before letting the plug out!), great for show and tell, look for the magic ones … this is a great exercise!
Adults (yes, that’s me!): I like them in the bath, and they float all around me – it’s BLISS! Also, in a gorgeous glass bowl on the bench, they are very tactile and a wonderful stress release. Dip your hand into a bowl of these and they feel quite marvelous!!!
They are also a great eco toy – let them dry out and rehydrate – re-using at its best! Recycle by placing split (broken) eggs into the garden to help your plants thrive.
If you add hot (tap) water they will grow quicker. Not safe to do around small children.
They are totally non-toxic, but avoid eating due to potential choking hazard.
Don’t confuse water beads with crystal soil or wedding decorations as those are NOT colourfast and can contain fertilisers and other additives.
Fun Fact – These are GREAT to bounce, play with in the bath, enhance your fairy garden or dragon cave, or simply let them dry out in the sun and grow them all over again!! Put some water beads into little cups full of shaving foam and you won’t believe the awesome sensory play you can have with these little beauties!!!!
The recommended age for use of water beads 4+ years old, to ensure that the child can understand that the water beads are inedible. Water beads are not harmful (they are non-toxic) but expandable polymer in a child’s belly is not desirable. Always use adult supervision.
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