I hadn't seen Water Beads before so was very keen to try them out with Emmy. They are actually Water Beads used for floristry and flower arranging however make a great mess free play activity - mess free always go down well so I ordered 3 bags of beads.
I was very surprised when they arrived as I actually had no idea what to expect:
To make these work you need to add them to 2 pints of water and leave soaking for 6 hours.
I then put out some toy cups, plates and spoons for Emmy and she spent well over an hour playing with the Beads.
I learn my lesson after this play session - Don't play with them on a high surface as they roll everywhere - Whoops - Luckily our dog had no interest in them. We then tried using a tray but had the same problem, I found them worked really well using a large storage box with high sides as they are contained, but best of all Emmy loved it when we put them into her sand and water table:
This is now a firm favourite mess free activity in our house. (Once the Beads start to dry out you just add more water)