Water Beads…Decoration or Obsession?

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What Are Water Beads?

Water beads are an exciting product that is great for decorating, watering plants, and even for kids activities and play. They look really cool and they are fun and easy to use.

They are popular to use in centerpieces for weddings and special events and they are part of an exciting trend in sensory exploration for kids.

Water beads (also called Orbeez, water pearls, water crystals, gel beads, etc.) are polymer crystals that look like little beads. When they are placed in water, they absorb the water and grow to about the size of a marble.

Keep reading to find out how to use water beads and some ideas for incorporating them in decorations, in plants, and with kids.

This past weekend I went to a wedding and at the reception on each table there was decorative glass containers holding these purple & clear water beads and a tea light.

Decorations…not to be touched? I think not and many of them ended up on the floor, totally squashed and torn apart. I admit I did take part in digging my thumb nail into one, but I left the damaged bead on the table and wondered if they would pose a  slipping hazard later on in the evening?