These edible water beads are so slippery, squishy, and smooth they create an amazingly fun sensory activity. Talk about some inexpensive entertaining fun. I spent $1.58 on one bag of tapioca pearls. They start out hard and solid colored and end up soft with a slimy gel like coating on the outside. So cool! Tapioca pearls are edible but they don’t taste very good unless flavored so your kiddo probably wont try to make a snack of them although I never suggest encouraging your kiddo to eat your activity.
This activity was inspired by The Kids Activities Blog, which is full of fun ideas including a yummy refreshing drink recipe to go along with this activity!!! You need to take a visit to see what they have been up to lately! I love drinking tapioca pearl drinks but had never thought of using them as edible water beads. Genius! This was my first time making tapioca pearls and I was thrilled to find out they are so easy to work with and so fun to use as edible water beads.
|If you look between two water beads you can see the clear gel coating that make them so fun to play with!|
If you are adding color to the pearls divide the pearls up into separate bowls, stir in the food coloring, and let them sit for 3 hours. Rinse the extra food coloring off in water and now they are ready to play. I wasn’t very patient and didn’t rinse ours very well so a little food coloring came off on our hands as we played with them but it rinsed off so I wasn’t worried about it.
|My kiddos loved playing with the edible water beads because they felt so cool. They kept dragging their fingers around their bowl as if they couldn’t get enough of this new feeling!|