Mixed up a first batch. The packet on the left is 3 grams. The bowl on the right is two packets worth, soaked in water for 2 hours. They swell for 4 hours, so they probably could get bigger.
I set out the beads with some bowls and spoons as a first foray into water bead play. No explanation, just the invitation.
The girls LOVED it, and played for about 45 minutes. First, exploration, "They feel squishy, they feel slippery, they bounce, they shoot when I squeeze them, they tickle. " Then projects. Pouring into bowls, mixing, spooning, bouncing. Then gear shifting as we put them in baggies to squish around.
Finally moved it outside to the water table. Lots of giggles, lots of good fun. And they watered the potted plants, placing many of the water beads right where they're "supposed" to go.
We had so much fun and I bought so many packets, we'll share the love and try a McMiller PDX giveaway. I'll mail a packet to the first 10 people who leave a comment.