I thought everyone had heard about the great play thing, water beads. I found out in fact that was not true when I posted pictures of Maren playing with the beads on Facebook and got some questions about what exactly they were. So, here we go, with our next blog post.
Water Beads are most typically found in vases in flower arrangements or potted plants. They come in little tiny packets and are the size of large seeds or small pebbles. You place these in water for 6 hours or so and they plump right up. They look like marbles, but they feel like what you'd imagine little eyeballs to feel like. Maisy calls them "fluffy balls". I also expected them to be slimy or leave a residue, but they don't. Your hands feel just as clean after playing with them as they did going in. They are listed as non-toxic and environmentally friendly.
It is a super fun feeling just to sink your hands in and squeeze and wiggle your hands around. The girls mostly liked pouring "tea" and making "ice cream" with them as they separated the colors. More fun came when they mis-poured and had to chance tiny little bouncing balls around.
You can find these little gems at Amazon. Michael's sells them already hydrated, but I think some of the fun is watching these tiny little pebbles grow, grow and grow. So, go get yourself some, throw a killer playdate and buy them for gifts for those birthday parties you are invited to- whatever, just have fun!