Inspired by Learn Play Imagine's awesome post on Traditional Glowing Water Beads, we just had to try combining our Edible Mini Water Beads and our Safe Edible Glow Water to see if we could make the first ever (to my knowledge) EDIBLE Glowing Water Beads.  And we did!!!  And they are SO cool!  They glow so super brightly.  And not only are these edible, but they are small enough that they are not a choking hazard.  This means even that toddlers and babies can safely play!  Wahoo!

{New Sensory Material} Safe and Edible Mini Water Beads that GLOW!  These natural mini water beads do not pose a choking hazard!  From Fun at Home with Kids

To add some fun, I tossed a few glow in the dark bugs and some measuring cups and a ladle.  S loves pretend cooking (we had a similar set up with our Googly Eye Soup) and never tires of stirring, mixing, pouring, and/or moving things from one container to another. 

X is starting to get the gist of that sort of play, but for now he's really happy to just poke around and splash a lot.  :)

S requested A LOT of edible mini water beads.  So a lot is what she got!  :)

Aren't they soooo cool?!?

For some reason Blogger is bent on overexposing this photo, sigh.  Here's our little guy splashing around.  He was full of oohs and aahs.  He really loves our glowing activities so much.  They are totally fascinating to me too!

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To make your own use the following ratio:

1 Tbsp of this basil seed
1 and 1/4 cup Our Edible Glow Water*

Add the basil seeds to the glow water and stir once or twice.  Within 5 minutes, all should be absorbed into the seeds.  You will need a dark room and a blacklight as the glowing occurs in the presence of a blacklight.  Oh, and as I mentioned in my initial post on our Edible Mini Water Beads, they do tend to be a little sticky, so we like to add a small amount of water to the container we're playing with them in.  And they will stick to clothing and towels (you can pick them off, but it's annoying), so I recommend rolling up those sleeves, playing on a splat mat, and using paper towels to wipe up any spills when you're done.

Where do you find Basil Seeds:

The best place to find basil seeds is in an Asian or International Specialty Food Store:  Our local Asian Specialty stores all carry bags for $1 and they are in the spices section
Here is a listing on US Amazon
Here is a listing on Amazon CA
Here is a listing on Amazon UK
Here is a listing for Australia
The above links are by no means exhaustive - feel free to Google around yourself.  Any online spice specialty store is likely to carry these!  :)

If you wish to substitute chia seeds for basil seeds, follow the modified recipe below:

1 Tbsp of chia seeds
1 cup of Edible Glow Water*

Allow the mixed seeds to sit overnight (or at least 8 hours) in the glow water in your refrigerator for best results.

*Please note that while our Edible Glowing Water Beads are safe for tasting, I don't want to imply that you should sit your kiddo down with a giant spoon and bib and let them go to town.  :)  Our Glow Water is based off of a vitamin, so if you think your kiddo may take a taste or two, please use a dilute version of glow water to make your beads glow.  It honestly takes very little to create a super bright glow, so please err on the side of caution in terms of concentration if you have a taster.  :)

Find out how we use the ingredient in our Water Beads to make All Natural Edible Slime here!

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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children.  As your child's parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family.  I always encourage contacting your child's pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision.  Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies).  Observe caution and safety at all times.  The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.


  1. This is such a genius idea! I can't wait to try it with my kids, because I know they will love it!!

    1. Yay! Thank you, Kristan!!! They are so neat. SO bright! I hope they have a blast!

  2. Apparently basil seed is hard to find in my area. I did find Chia seed would that work?

    1. Yes, just follow the directions for Chia seeds above (they take a lot longer to gelatinize)! :)

  3. What fun! My kids are also fascinated by glow-in-the-dark things and will love this. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Has anyone tried this with rice?? Why seeds?

    1. Yep you could make glowing rice using our glow water! The seeds make water beads - they take on water and create a sphere of gelatin - it's a fun texture to play with. But for sure you could make other things glow in lieu of the water beads!

  5. How long do the beads continue to glow? I am trying to figure out if it is just my black light that doesn't work well...or if I waited too long to use my glow beads? Maybe it is the vitamin? They sat for a little bit longer than an hour.

    1. Pretty much indefinitely. Were your beads inflated? What type of blacklight did you use? And did you get the vitamin I linked to or one that matched the percentages? Let me know - we'll get it figured out!


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