Footcraft Friday: Orbeez Fun

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Grow these little Orbeez at home with your kids and enjoy endless spa-like hours of enjoymentThis week, our craft is a little different and targeted at an older child (at least four, but even older.) So many teens and tweens love the idea of heading to the nail salon and getting the foot-spa experience, but as a Houston podiatrist, I’d be hesitant to send kids for a pedicure without doing heavy research into the sterilizing process the places uses both for its tools and its foot spas.

So, instead of going to the nail place down the street, running the risk of getting a nail fungus or foot infection, why not make your own spa experience at home? While I was scouring the internet, trying to come up with new craft-spiration for all f you, I came across an interesting new product for kids: The Orbeez Luxury Spa, a toy that creates the experience of a spa-like foot soak and massage and adds an element of science, to boot.

For those of you (like me) that are not in the know, Orbeez are superabsorbent polymers. When you purchase a packet of Orbeez, you’ll get about 150 seed-like items in a packet. Empty one packet into a bowl, add 1.5 cups of clean, drinkable water and let the ‘seeds’ soak for at least three hours or, better yet, overnight. After the soak, the Orbeez (now 100-300 times their original size) will be round in shape and squishy to the touch of your feet. They’ll stay that way for weeks and can be regrown with additional soaking if they start to lose shape.

Here’s where the fun comes in: once the Orbeez have grown, pour them into your home spa (you could even create your own with a big bucket and forgo all the bells and whistles of the official toy) and allow your youngster to enjoy the luxury of a risk-free foot massage. Follow up with a home pedicure and watch the smiles come to life!

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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