Friday, September 30, 2011

Orbeez: Squishy Fun For Hours On End

Orbeez: Squishy Fun For Hours On End

What are Orbeez:
Orbeez are super absorbent polymers!  Duh, I knew that!  OK, to me they are these tiny little bead type things that when you put them in water they grow to about 100 times their original size and become bouncy squishy balls of fun. 

How to Grow Orbeez:
Each packet of Orbeez contains approximately 150 Orbeez and will yield approximately 3/4 cup of grown Orbeez after the addition of water. Empty one packet of Orbeez into a bowl and add 1.5 cups of clean, drinking water. Leave Orbeez to soak for at least 3 hours or overnight.

Orbeez will grow to about 100-300 times their original volume. The purer the water the larger they grow.

How Long Do They Last
Grown Orbeez will maintain their shape for weeks if kept in a closed container, away from heat and light. If Orbeez lose water, simply add more water to regrow.

What Can You Do With Orbeez:
There is a full line of toys that emphasize the different properties of Orbeez. Some accentuate the growing process, some the beauty of Orbeez and some the bouncy quality. All the products come with a full-color Activity Booklet, which provides growing and storage instructions, as well as tons of game and display ideas.

Over Thirty Mommy's Thoughts
We played with the Orbeez but they did not hold her attention for very long since we only tested the Orbeez Color Pack (just the Orbeez themselves) and did not get a chance to try out any of the fun toys that go along with them.

I recommend growing your Orbeez ahead of time so that when your child wants to play with them, they do not have to wait a minimum of 3 hours.  It was hard explaining to a 3 year old that she had to wait until the next day to play with her new toy, she just did not understand.  It was pretty cute to see her running to check the growth progress every 5 minutes. 

They are slippery and bouncy so they can bounce out of control and all over the room.  My husband accidentally stepped on one and said it felt gross between his toes.  This could easily be avoided if we had one of the Orbeez toys that keeps them contained. 

They could be lots of fun, I might visit one of the many stores that sell Orbeez to check out the toy line.


**Disclaimer: I was not paid any form of cash for this posting.   I received an Orbeez Color Pack for the purpose of this review.  This is solely the opinion of Over Thirty Mommy. Other people may have different experiences with the products.**  



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