If you haven't heard of water beads before, I advise to buy some ASAP!!!
They promote learning and development in areas such as fine motor, coordination, exploration, colours, sensory, and creativity.
Water beads also introduce children to scientific and mathematical concepts such as absorption! Lots of ways you can play with them too.
Water beads feel like soft, squishy, smooth marbles.
If one drops to the floor, it will have a little bounce n' roll.
If you add water beads to a water table, they are relaxing, gentle and wonderful to touch. They are not slimy and they do not dissolve.
The ideas of how water beads can be used is endless! However, it is still important to stay informed and use good judgement as to what will be in the best interest of your children. DO NOT let children who are still at an age where they want to put things in their mouth or are unable to distinguish the difference between a product meant for play versus a product meant to be eaten play with water beads.
Keeping in mind the original usage of water beads and the fact that we mix them with soil or grow plants in them, it is reasonable to ask whether they are safe for the environment. The fact is that water beads, in particular, are absolutely biodegradable. That is the main reason, why they are still used in agriculture or by flower shops to create stunning flower decorations.
When you buy a new package of water beads, you will also see that it contains the sign and the wording 100% biodegradable. In addition to that, water beads are non-toxic and hence they are absolutely safe for kids and pets.
Water beads should be used with caution with kids and are not recommended for children under three as they pose a choking hazard.
According to the manufacturer instructions, water beads are suitable for children at the age of five or older.
Still, it is a good idea to have them play with the water beads under your supervision at least when initially introduced to the toy. Many kids might be tempted to try them since their bright colors make them look like tasty candy. An Orbeez bead shall pass through the digestive tract causing no problems, however, if more are swallowed medical help should be sought.
You can now purchase water beads from our e-store!
buy them HERE
one small bottle (pictured below) makes the amount in the following picture! CRAZY!!!!! I hope your kids enjoy these as much as mine do :)
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Passed down from generation to generation (just kidding), this is the easiest play dough recipe ever. There are a couple of variations but this one is my favourite.
There are many ways to make playdough – using a stove-top or using a kettle with boiling water. Personally, I prefer the stove-top method. We find it’s easier to mix the ingredients in the pot and definitely find this recipe to last the longest and stays the softest! It only takes a few minutes to make and it will last for months!
YOU WILL NEED -
1 cup x organic plain flour
2 tbs x cream of tartar
1/2 cup x organic iodised salt
1 tbs x organic coconut oil
1 cup x water
food colouring of your choice. We used beetroot latte mix! The reason this works better than beetroot juice is because its mixed with coconut powder and it won't stain. Same goes for turmeric, never just use turmeric in your play dough mix as its a recipe for disaster and stained littles. Aim for a numeric latte mix, it will be based with coconut powder and cinnamon - smells amazing too!
Mix all dry ingredients together, then add water, coco oil and mix until creamy and smooth.
Add colouring (we used beetroot latte mix) blend until perfect!
Cook over low to medium heat until the dough starts to form, stir and fold it often. When it looks fully cooked, take it off the heat. Let it cool on a sheet of baking paper. Once cooled, give it a roll and kneed to make the dough nice and soft.
My kids love loose part play, and they love play dough. Pair those two together and let them go wild! Loose Parts offers many opportunities for children to use natural materials and objects in their environment.
This allows them to make meaning of the natural world around them and manipulate materials however way they would like!
Some ideas for LPP would be themed bits and pieces, for example 'autumn', leaves, gum nuts, dried flowers ETC.
Or Shells, sand, wooden animals, tea leaves, dried flowers, or even dried black eyed peas, dry lentils, pasta, nuts and seeds!
You don't have to use organic flour, it won't change the dough, that's just what we use, same goes for salt! Use whatever brand you like. Sometimes if the kids want pink playdough, I use Himalayan, it adds that extra 'pinkness'. You really can't go wrong with this recipe, its easy af :)
Last longer stored in a, air-tight glass container, jar etc.
'Calming' tea + beetroot latte is from Scoop Wholefoods https://scoopwholefoods.com.au
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