By: Kristen Clifford
I’ve seen lots of parents posting lately about water beads. So, I grabbed my three-year-old and dragged her with me to track down some water beads. We were able to find them in the floral section of Joann’s. I bought one packet. They do sell the beads already filled with water, or you can soak them yourself. I figured Grace would enjoy watching them grow. This is want a packet looks like.
Grace sat quietly and played with the water beads, squishing them, and pouring them back and forth between cups. I ended up throwing most of these away after she was done playing, because she had broken most of them. I took some of the whole ones that were left over and placed them in my plants to water them.
These were such a huge hit! The little bag cost me around $3 and I got 2 separate uses out of them. The package says you can save them in a baggie in the fridge if you want, but I haven’t tried that yet. They are also non-toxic, however, I wouldn’t let your child eat them. I don’t let my 17-month-old twins play with them yet, because they still like to mouth EVERYTHING! This past weekend I had my 6-year-old nephew over and he loved them just as much as Grace.
I highly recommend getting some water beads. Once I pull myself away from playing with them, I’m able to buy myself a few minutes of toddler free time to get some cleaning done! $3 is definitely well worth a little peace and quiet for me!