GIANT WATER BEAD PLAY

Have you ever played with water beads? They’re great for sensory play and are environmentally friendly (you can crush them and add them to your soil after you’re done with them).

Here’s a great article on what water beads are and how you can store and play with them again. Yes they are reusable! Just add more water to hydrate again

Water beads, also known as “orbs,” come in tiny hard balls and can grow a couple hundreds time their size! We are familiar with small water beads but caution they can pose a choking hazard for little ones.

So we recently tried and love these Giant Water Beads  perfect for babies and toddlers and anyone who could use sensory play. In fact, adults can even use these fun toys as de-stressors. If your kids love “orbs”, they’ll love these special giant water beads.

For an easy sensory play set up, try putting baby in a laundry basket with the water beads inside or in a shallow tub (supervised, of course). See the video below to to see how large these giant water beads can get!

Note that my baby does not yet have the grasping strength to pick up the balls (as you an see in the video below). So a choking hazard was not presented.

However if you have very mouthy babies or toddlers, you can make sensory bags instead which is a safer alternative. Place the giant water beads in zipper bags and seal shut to secure them with duct tape.

And of course as with any play with young ones always supervise and never leave your child alone.

My baby loved playing with the multi-colored beads. The price is right as 150 of these magical toys are under $9 at the time of post.

About hydrating these beads, we did a time lapse in our video below and you can see that it took around 36 hours to go from a tiny, less than a penny size ball to giant 1.5-2″ balls! Place them in a large tub or bathtub as they will absorb a LOT of water. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to properly hydrate. They will first look funky and sort of like they are growing “brains” as they take in water, but closer to the 36 hour mark, they will smooth out and turn shiny and translucent and so jiggly and fun to play with.

We certainly enjoyed experiencing them with our family and with my older kids. Stay tune to see what fun you can create with giant water beads with older kids.

These also make great decor for centerpieces at parties and showers or awesome center activities for preschool or kindergarten classrooms. Try them for yourself and let us know what you think. 

Get Giant Water Beads HERE.

Watch the video below to see these Giant Water Beads in action!


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