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. 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.
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.
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. A water bead shall pass through the digestive tract causing no problems.
One of the easiest ways to dispose of them is to pour your water beads into flower beds or mix them with the soil in your garden or potted plants. They will continue to be 'of service' until absorbed by nature in several years.
If you choose this option, remember that you do not have to water your plants as often as you did prior to mixing the soil around them with water beads.
NOTE: You should never pour or flush water beads down the drain. As a result of their growth in water, the beads can clog pipes and even lead to bursting pipes.
If you have doubts that your kid has poured some into the sink or toilet, you may want to summon a plumber before the problem has become too serious.
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