We play with the water beads for 3 or 4 days and then we find that they are starting to get to the end of their life. Leave them too long and they will start to get a bit smelly (probably because they are biodegradable)!
Water beads usually come in clear or opaque. We prefer the clear and have tried a variety of colours (even rainbow!).
So, if you have youngsters and haven't tried water beads yet, have a play!
While the older children were at school Eli and I recently enjoyed making a stained glass window picture. We read the story of The Three Little Pigs and then started our artwork. We took a piece of clear contact, peeled off the back and stuck on house and a pig cut out of black cardboard. Then we covered the rest of the contact in pieces of coloured cellophane.
The contact is quite sticky and there were a few moments where Eli had seven fingers stuck down or the entire piece of contact was suddenly waving around in the air, but it was lots of fun! It looks great stuck up on a window where the light can shine through it.
The trickiest part of this project was cutting out the pig (yes - it is a pig!). You will note that I didn't cut out three pigs for good reason!