We’ve almost made it out of the cold (sort of) winter months and as we get closer to spring and summer, kids summer toys are hitting the shelves or maybe your inbox. There are plenty of cool toys out there for the kiddos to use in the summer that even I say to myself that would be fun to play with. The ability to fill up like 35 water balloons at once is a pretty awesome creation for summer fun. What is not a fun creation are water beads or orbeez. If you’ve never seen or heard of these things, they’re little balls that you soak into water and they grow into these slightly larger gel balls. It’s a sensory product for kids. After they play with them in their bucket, water table or blow up pool the things are trash. That’s why they send you deals in your inbox. Like the deal on these has already hit my inbox… 50,000 Water beads for the low low price of $9!!!
But wait! If you really hate yourself you can get 75,000 Orbeez for $17.
Use them for a few hours, then promptly put them in the trash. Oh and you better hope to God the kids don’t spill these out of whatever is containing them because at that point just shut it down. Put the house up for sale and move because you’ll never find all of the beads that spill.
A few years ago my neighbor’s kid was on our front porch with a Tupperware container that had water and probably 600 beads in it. My middle child was a under 1 at the time so my wife told her to not play with them in case he got to one that we all knew was going to spill onto the porch. The kid started to walk off of our porch and right at the edge tripped. To be honest it was like a prat fall from a slapstick comedy. There were Orbeez everywhere.
If you have a hankering for finding little squishy gel balls throughout your property for the next 5 years of your life this product is for you!
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