Just what exactly are Orbeez, and what can you do with them? These tiny hard pellets are quite amazing, as they will grow and become bouncy & very pretty in water. The kids seem to love them, but they are really not for small children and should absolutely not be swallowed. According to the product documentation, Orbeez can be used as filler for a glass vase of flowers (fake or real), and can be played with incessently in a variety of ways. But I have noticed that my kids became bored with them after about a week. Are they worth the hype and do Orbeeze make a good Christmas gift or stocking stuffer? Read on to find out…
What Can I Do With Orbeez?
So, you bought a package of Orbeez by Hobbeezone, Inc., and now you are wondering what your kids will do with them besides drop them all over the house and poison the family pet, right? Well, according to the Orbeez website, kids can do wondrous things with Orbeez, such as:
- Grow them
- Shrink them
- Display them in clear containers
- Put them on a track and race them
- Stick them together and make Orbeez creatures and creations
- Play tic tac toe or four in a row
- Play with them like marbles
- Trade different colors with friends
- Use them in a science lesson
- When done with them (they start to get moldy after a while), incorporate them into the garden soil to help plants stay moist
Different Orbeez Products
In addition to the Orbeez themselves, you can also purchase various containers that will hold them, plastic shapes such as a butterfly or peace sign, and an Orbeez Magic Maker that keeps them flowing in water in a sort of carnival-type container with spinning parts and tubes. Orbeez can be fun for kids and will keep them amused for a while, but like most toys, they will wear out their welcome eventually. Luckily, they can be easily disposed of or worked into the garden.