Seriously, I cannot believe I have never tried these. I found these clear ones at the Dollar Store! All I did was pour them in a little bit of water and they totally disappeared. I called the kids over and asked if they wanted to do some water play. They immediately plunged their hands in the water and SURPRISE.....water beads. They played with these all day and even asked for them again after dinner. They are non-toxic, biodegradable, and environmentally safe. I love them! After dinner, we put them in warm water and added some color to the water. If they dry out simply put them back into water. So cool.