Are you looking for a fun, unique way to decorate your home or kids’ bedroom? Maybe you’ve already seen and heard of Orbeez or water beads and are wondering what they are. Or, maybe you’re unfamiliar with Orbeez but are wondering what the hype is all about?
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at Orbeez and explain what sets them apart from regular water beads. We’ll also provide some tips on how to use Orbeez water beads and what you can do with them.
What’s the difference between Orbeez and Water Beads?
They are basically small pellets that expand and turn into gel balls when soaked in water for a few hours. Once they have expanded, you can use them for a variety of purposes such as decoration or as a stress ball.
Orbeez is a brand of water beads that are manufactured by a company called Spin Master Ltd. These beads are made from non-toxic materials and are safe for both children and adults to use.
Water beads, on the other hand, are not a branded product. They are manufactured by a lot of different companies and come in different shapes, sizes, and colors.
So, what’s the difference between Orbeez and water beads? Really, there is no difference at all! They are both made from non-toxic materials, expand when soaked in water, and can be used for a variety of purposes. They’re the same size, the same shape, and create the same fun.
How to Use Orbeez and Water Beads
Now that you know what Orbeez are and what sets them apart from regular water beads, let’s take a look at how to use them.
Orbeez water beads can be used for a variety of purposes such as decoration or as a stress ball. To use them, simply soak the beads in water for a few hours until they have expanded. Once they have expanded, you can drain the excess water and use them as you wish.
If you want to use Orbeez water beads as a decoration, we recommend using them in a clear vase or bowl. You can also add them to floral arrangements or use them to fill up empty spaces in your home.
If you want to use Orbeez water beads as a stress ball, simply take a handful of the beads and squish them together in your hand. The more you play with them, the more they will adapt to your hand’s shape.
Bonus tip, if you’re looking for a fun activity for kids, Orbeez water beads can be used to make homemade slime. Simply add a few drops of food coloring to the beads while they are soaking and then follow the slime recipe of your choice. The Orbeez will add an extra bit of fun and color to the slime.
Water Beads Sensory Play
Sensory play is where water beads really excel. The various colors, sizes, and shapes of water beads make them a great sensory toy for both kids and adults.
Just put a ton of water beads in a big container and let your kids or yourself go wild. The water beads feel great on the skin and are really satisfying to squish between your fingers.
If you want to add an extra element of fun, try hiding small toys or objects in the water beads. Then, see if your kids can find them. This is a great way to promote fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Water beads can also be used to make homemade sensory bottles. Simply fill a bottle with water beads and a few drops of food coloring. Then, screw on the lid and watch as the beads bounce around the bottle. These bottles are great for both kids and adults and make a great stress reliever.
When you want some extra fun, add shaving foam and glitter to the container for a really cool experience. This is the extra fun tip to have at a kids’ birthday party. Hide some objects or packed sweets in the sensory play and let the kids have at it to find their goodies.
Water Beads Science Experiment
If you want to do a little science experiment with your water beads, try this one out.
First, soak the water beads in water for a few hours until they have expanded. Once they have expanded, drain the excess water and place the beads in a clear container.
Next, add a few drops of food coloring to the container. You can use any color you want or mix a few colors together. Then, watch as the beads absorb the food coloring and change color.
This experiment is a great way to teach kids about absorption and how different materials react to liquids. Plus, it’s just really cool to watch the beads change color.
Pretend play with water beads
Water beads can be awesome for pretend play. Imagine playing scientist and add different colors to test tubes, glasses and containers. A great way to set this up is on a tray with different ‘stations’ or areas. Add some water beads that have been dyed different colors, some clear containers, tongs, spoons, and play lab coats or goggles. Let the kids experiment away.
You can also use water beads for pretend cooking or baking. Simply add some beads to a bowl or pot and let the kids stir or bake away. Add some pretend food items like plastic fruit or vegetables to make it even more realistic.
Water beads can also be used in a water table or sand table. Simply add the beads to the table and let the kids play. The beads can be used in a variety of ways and are a great way to add some extra sensory play to these tables.
Water beads make a great vase filler or decoration for a party or event. Simply add the beads to a vase or jar and place a few flowers or other decorations in the beads. The beads will help to hold the decorations in place and add a pop of color.
You can also use water beads to decorate a table or centerpieces. Simply add the beads to a bowl or tray and place candles, flowers, or other decorations in the beads. The beads will add a bit of color and interest to the decoration.
Water beads can also be used in a fish tank. Simply add the beads to the bottom of the tank and then add your fish. The beads will help to keep the fish in place and add a pop of color.
Sorting and teaching math
Water beads are a great way to sort and teach math. Simply add the beads to a container or tray and let the kids sort them by color or size. This is a great way to teach kids about sorting and comparing.
You can also use water beads to teach counting and math. Simply count out a certain number of beads and then have the kids count them out. This is a great way to teach kids about numbers and math.
Water beads are also a great way to teach fractions. Simply cut or divide the beads into different fractions and then have the kids identify them. This is a great way to introduce fractions and help kids understand how they work.
Yes, water beads bounce. Throw them at a wall or onto the floor and see how they bounce. Try to catch them or bounce them off of other objects. This is a great way to have some fun with water beads.
If you have a trampoline or other similar structure, water beads make a great addition. Simply add the beads to the trampoline and let the kids bounce away. The beads will add a bit of color and interest to the trampoline and will make it even more fun to bounce on.
You can also use water beads to make a DIY water bead pit. Simply add the beads to a kiddie pool or other similar structure and let the kids play. The beads will add a bit of color and interest to the pit and will make it even more fun to play in.
So, do water beads and Orbeez earn all the hype? In my opinion, absolutely.
They’re both fun, and festive and can be used in a variety of ways – from decorating your home to playing with Pretend Play. If you’re looking for something to do with the kids or want to add a bit of color to your décor, water beads or Orbeez are a great option.
The bottom line is that Orbeez and water beads are both great options. It really comes down to personal preference. So, what’s your opinion? Orbeez or water beads?
As always, please let me know what you think about water beads in general, the best experience you had with them and what you and your kids love about them. Maybe you played a great game or found a specific way to decorate an object? Just let us know. We always love to hear from you, so please feel free to comment on this article.