We were recently sent the Orbeez Magic Maker to review. Overall we had a great time. My son (5) had a blast watching the orbeez grow in the water. Every few minutes he would run into the kitchen to check to see if they were finished.
We soaked our Orbeez in a bowl rather than the Magic Maker – Only because we didn’t read the directions right. After a few hours of soaking in cool water our tiny, hard orbeezeseses turned into bouncy balls! As soon as they were grown Tommy (and I) stuck our hands in to see what they felt like. We couldn’t help it! They were slimy, squishy, slippery and wet…It felt like something you’d put your feet in at a fancy schmancy day spa! …Maybe next time you go for a mani/pedi you’ll dip your toes into some orbeez? Maybe not…
After we finished manhandling our Orbeez we put them in the Magic Maker. Rather than try to explain what it does go check out the video!
We also made a cute flower arrangement with orbeez, a drinking glass and a flower from our garden! Orbeez actually give off small amounts of water and can be used in place of water to hydrate flowers.
We had a great time with this toy but there are some things to bring up :
1 – The balls are a choking hazard for babies and animals. The makers do a great job of warning against these hazards. I’ve seen on other reviews that they are toxic but the Orbeez website clearly states the following:
“Orbeez are non-toxic. They are, like all small parts, a choking hazard and should be kept out of the reach of children under age 3. Tests have shown that if a child swallows a small number of Orbeez—say less than a dozen—they should pass through the digestive system with no problems…Tests have also shown that Orbeez do not break down in the digestive tract, do not stick together and are not absorbed into the body. They are eliminated through the natural digestive process. If you have any concerns or doubts, please contact a medical professional immediately.”
Please check their website for all the information pertaining to this issue.
2 – You can’t keep the orbeez forever…Which really isn’t a big deal. The Magic Maker comes with 2500 orbeez – in 9 different colors. They last for a couple weeks to a couple months. And, no surprise, you can always buy more! 😉
The bottom line – It’s a fun toy but you have to make sure you are playing responsibly. I keep them away from where my kids can get to them and only take them out when my 1 1/2 year old is napping. And we always scour the floor to make sure there are none around. Its a great way to play and be creative!
Don’t forget to check the zooLert Orbeez In Stock Tracker to find yours for retail price!
Product provided to facilitate this review. Opinions remain my own.