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How to use water beads for sensory bins & play

20-Gram Packs of MEDIUM: To make water beads, add 8-10 cups of cold distilled water (or 10-12 cups of tap water) to a large, flat container to achieve uniform color and size. Empty the entire packet into the water evenly. After 6 hours, pour the beads into a strainer or colander to drain any excess water. Keep out of direct sunlight.
20-Gram Packs of SMALL: To make water beads, add 8-10 cups of cold distilled water (or 10-12 cups of tap water) to a large, flat container to achieve uniform color and size. Empty the entire packet into the water evenly. After 3 hours, pour the beads into a strainer or colander to drain any excess water. Keep out of direct sunlight.

EXTRA LARGE: The extra large water beads take up to 24 hours to grow to it's full size.

Note: Water beads achieve their full color by reflecting off of each other in a full size batch. Individual beads will be much lighter and do not represent the actual color purchased. Please ensure that at least 2 teaspoons or a 20-Gram pack is hydrated, drained and placed in a clear glass container when testing our product.


How to use water beads for plants

Remove and rinse any soil from your plant and place it in the container of your choice. Fill the container as desired with beads, then add enough water to cover the plant's roots.
For Cut Flowers: Diagonally cut at least 1/2" off of the flower stems and place them in a vase. Fill the vase with water beads, then add water until there is a base of approximately 1" on the bottom. 
For Lucky Bamboo: Very little water is needed to nourish lucky bamboo. Just fill your container with water beads and insert the plant - no additional water
is needed. DISTILLED OR FRESH WATER MUST BE USED to hydrate your water beads for use with lucky bamboo. City or central water contains additives and minerals that will cause your plant to turn yellow. You may also cut the bamboo to fit the desired height of its container. Simply cut the stalk at a 45┬░angle and place it in the water beads.
For Silk Flowers: Wrap the silk flower stem(s) in wax paper or plastic wrap before placing in the vase. Add beads to the vase until the desired height is achieved.

These instructions may vary as each plant or flower has its own level of water consumption. You may need more, less or no water depending on the arrangement you are creating. Keep an eye on your plant or flowers the first couple of days to determine how much water, if any, needs to be added or drained.
You may also layer the beads in your arrangement. Using plastic wrap or wax paper between layers can help retain uniformity of the colors.

CAUTION: Water beads are not to be flushed down drains, swallowed or frozen. If the product should go down a drain, use straight table salt or rock salt and hot water to flush. Since our beads are not food products, we recommend keeping them out of the reach of small children as they may become a choking hazard. Also, sweep up any spills immediately as the beads become slippery when wet.

How to care for your water beads

We recommend removing your water beads at least every 30 days for rinsing and rehydrating. Place them in a colander or strainer and rinse with cold water, then pour the beads into a large baking dish. Cover with half the amount of water used to originally make the water beads and soak for 3 hours. After any excess water is drained they are now ready to be used.
Water beads may be dehydrated by spreading them out on a large flat surface. Once they have completely dehydrated they may be stored in a cool, dry place until you are ready to use them again.
Keep finished beads clean and at room temperature. Also, avoid direct sunlight to ensure that your water beads last as long as possible.

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