Edible Water Beads

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Water beads are an amazing sensory material for children who are out of the mouthing stage.
However, even with older kids many readers still express concern in regards to choking.  As an alternative to traditional water beads I am sharing an easy way to make taste-safe water beads at home.

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Are you familiar with tapioca pearls?  They are edible and feel almost exactly like water beads!  Prepare them as we did below for a super fun play time for kids!

Taste-safe Water Beads for Kids

Materials
You can find tapioca pearls at most Asian food markets, or you can purchase them online here.  Make sure you get  quick cook tapioca pearls; they only take 5 minutes!  

Method
  • Begin by filling a large pot with water and bringing it to a boil. 
  • Add the tapioca pearls and stir.
  • Cover the pot and cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes.
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  • Once cooked drain the tapioca pearls and run them under cold water for several minutes.  
  • Kids can play with the pearls once they are cool, or you can add extra coloring for even more fun.
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Coloring Your Water Beads

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  • I let the colors absorb into the pearls for about 15 minutes, and then I rinsed them under cold water to remove any access dye.  This worked great!
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  • The tapioca pearls came out vibrantly colored, and very little color was transferred onto hands during play.
Rosie and Jewel had lots of fun exploring with the water beads. They scooped and dumped, played restaurant, counted, sorted, and more.
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It's important to note that tapioca pearls feel a lot like water beads, but they are slightly sticky.  If your child does not like the stickiness add a bit of water to the bin. 
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Adding water eliminated the stick and created a lot of new & fun ways for the girls to play and explore!
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A Few Tips:  
  • Store your cooked tapioca pearls in water in the fridge, and they can be used for up to 1 week. 
  • While tapioca pearls are edible you would not want your child to sit and eat a ton of these.  Please supervise very small children.
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