Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Water Beads

We finally got the chance to test out some water beads yesterday! I bought a bunch of little packets a couple years ago, but we never seemed to get around to exploring them.

Water beads are awesome fun. They come as tiny, hard, round beads, just the size of pin heads. You soak them in water a few hours, and they swell up to delightfully squishy, slippery, colorful balls. They're an incredible sensory experience, great fun on the light table, and they bounce! They retain water for weeks, and if you keep refreshing their water, they'll last a good two years. You can find them in the floral section of craft stores or Wal-Mart for just a dollar or two per package.

We played with them in a clear plastic tub, explored them on the light box, and transferred them to translucent vinyl containers.

James was fascinated watching us.

Margaret ran straight for them again this morning when she woke up. I'm not surprised. I can't keep my hands off them either.


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