Water Beads Sensory Fun A Quick Guide

June 21, 2022

Water Beads - What are they?

Updated 27 June 2023

Looking for a fun way to keep your kids busy? Water beads are a great option! Not only are they fun to play with, but they can also help teach children about colours and counting.

In this quick guide, we cover the five most common questions we get asked about water beads and some fun, creative play ideas. Keep reading to get your questions answered.

1. What are water beads?

No Nasties water beads begin the size of a poppy seed and expand to 150 times the size when added to water. They are non-toxic and encourage children to learn through sensory play, supporting the development of hand-eye coordination.

2. What are water beads made of?

We can't answer for all water beads but our No Nasties water beads are non-toxic, made with a bio-polymer that biodegrades when covered with soil.

3. How do they work?

Pour your little packet of water beads into a large bowl and cover with 5 cups of water and watch them expand over the next 5 or so hours. Insider information - Use warm/hot tap water for faster growth. It's as simple as that. Once they have expanded, drain away any remaining water, and you have a bowl of slippery, colourful, bouncy, ball fun!

4. Can water beads be re-used?

Absolutely! If cared for correctly you can enjoy your water beads many times.

5. What is the best way to store water beads?

Rinse them with a little natural soap, and let them dry out until you are ready to play again. Alternatively, you can rinse them with natural soap and pop them into a glass jar with a little water and seal them with a lid. They look beautiful stored this way.

6. Water Beads precautions & safety information

These polymer water beads are Non-Toxic and 100% Biodegradable. These should be treated as water and not allowed in contact with moisture-sensitive surfaces or electrical appliances.  Do not keep the expanded product in direct sunlight.

Our waterbeads have been safety tested and we are required to report that waterbeads pose a CHOKING HAZARD, so please supervise children at all times.
Ages 3 +
Do not ingest
WARNING! Not suitable for children under 3 years, contains small parts.
CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts & small balls.
Not for children under 3 years old.

Keep unexpanded water beads away from children under 6 years as they present an ingestion hazard.

Do not swallow or eat this product or soaking water.

Do not dispose of water beads down the drain, simply place them in the garden.  Our water beads are biodegradable so simply put them in the garden and cover with some soil - do not place in fish tank or waterways.

Our water beads are non-toxic but are not suitable for human or animal consumption. - they are not a food product. We recommend washing your hands thoroughly before and after contact and to keep the water beads as clean and hygienic as possible, rinse off with water mixed with a little hand sanitiser once every few days.

6 Creative Ways to Keep the Kids Entertained with Water Beads.

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Frozen water beads

Frozen water beads for new sensory experience

Marble run

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Colour sorting

Colouring sorting with water beads

Loose parts

Learn through play loose parts with water beads

Imaginative play

Imaginative play with water beads

We are only limited by our own creativity and imaginations when it comes to water beads and their fun.  For loads more ideas follow us @nonastieskidsnz.  

See you over there x