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* Orbeez - Orbies - Orbees: Little Toy Gel Balls That Grow In Water

Updated on July 15, 2011

Orbeez - Orbies - Orbees: Growing Gel Balls

You may have typed in Orbies or Orbees or even Orbis, but chances are you are really looking for Orbeez.

They are tiny hard beads that are water absorbent. Simply soak them in water for three hours and each bead will swell to 100 times its original volume and become a squishy squashy ball.

These little spheres provide kids with an opportunity to learn about science, math, shapes, colors and textures through play, plus hours of entertainment without a TV set or video gaming system in sight.

What do you do with Orbeez?

Each kit comes with an activity booklet, but kids will have much more fun making up their own ideas.

The kits each come with a play tray which is essentially a thin plastic play with indentations for the Orbeez to sit in to stop rolling around.

To an adult this may seem a little lame, but to a kid it is a tool for creativity.

They can position different color Orbeez in the tray to create shapes, pictures and repeating patterns.

When your kids are done playing with the Orbeez you can save them for later or put them to use.

If you put them in the bottom of a vase of flowers, they will slowly release water and keep your cut flowers looking fresh.

Or you can put your Orbeez in soil under plants and they will soak up water then slowly release it back into the soil during dry spells to cut back on the amount you need to water your plants.

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Orbeez Magic MakerOrbeez Stack EmsOrbeez Flow N ShowOrbeez Butterfly KitOrbeez Peace Sign KitOrbeez Mood Lamp
Orbeez Magic Maker
Orbeez Magic Maker
Orbeez Stack Ems
Orbeez Stack Ems
Orbeez Flow N Show
Orbeez Flow N Show
Orbeez Butterfly Kit
Orbeez Butterfly Kit
Orbeez Peace Sign Kit
Orbeez Peace Sign Kit
Orbeez Mood Lamp
Orbeez Mood Lamp

Where can I buy an Orbeez kit and how much do they cost?

Take a look at the table below.

It shows a complete list of the Orbeez toy kits and accessories available, what each kit includes, and the retail price.

Orbeez toys are new and the manufacturers are still developing their distribution channels, so it can be difficult to find Orbeez in stores.

You can buy them online from


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Orbeez Toy Range

Orbeez Kit
Guide Price (Vary across retailers & offers)
Magic Maker
2,500 balls in 9 Colors
Flow N Show
2,000 balls in 6 Colors
Stack Ems
2,000 balls in 6 colors
1,500 balls in 6 Colors
Peace Sign
1,500 balls in 6 Colors
Mood Lamp
1,500 balls in 3 Colors

Are Orbeez safe? Can they be toxic or dangerous?

Orbeez are not recommended for children under the age of three. As with many small toys, there is the danger of choking if small children put Orbeez in their mouth, making the toy unsuitable for very small children.

They should not be swallowed, but in the case of accidental ingestion, they are non-toxic. From the manufacturer's website:

"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."


"Safety is our top priority. All of our products have undergone rigorous testing to ensure their safety. Contracting with the recognized leader in toy safety testing we have met all US federal safety standards for toy safety. In addition to passing ASTM regulations, we have added an extra layer of caution and safety by subjecting our products to further testing with industry leaders in chemical and polymer testing. In addition we have gone beyond mandatory requirements in our packaging and labeling to ensure that our products are used safely by consumers."

Do Orbeez dry out? Can I re-use them?

Hydrated Orbeez can be stored in a closed container, out of the sun without drying out. The manufacturer recommends you dispose of them after a few weeks, of if they develop a smell.

They can be dried out in an open container, then stored and re-used. Once they have dried out the balls will shrink back to their original size. Just add more water to make them grow again.

When you need to replenish your Orbeez, you can buy refill packs.


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      Keisha 4 years ago

      I love your probuct, i seen them in the 99¢ store and picked them up, i call them water babies, and i treat them with care, like their my own.

      P.S. They grew like a jumbo size.

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Texas

      I was googling this product not knowing how to spell it because my daughter had it on her Christmas list and YOUR site was the top hit. Congratulations from a fellow hubber who was delighted to see a hub to inform me of my search. johnr54

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      hiba 5 years ago

      i love them they are so fun !!!!

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      Nina1933 5 years ago

      Omg I loveee orbeez!!! I don't pop them I just pretend they are alive and are my pets cuz they kinda are like pets!! :D

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      kelly 5 years ago

      i have orbeez they are pretty fun

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      Nina 5 years ago

      Omg I love orbeez!!! I have 2 million!! I keep them a's pets in stead of popping them cuz they r kinda like pets! Love them!

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      nicole 5 years ago

      orbeez r sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo fun to play with i got sum 2day

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      crystal 5 years ago

      i would like to buy just the orbeez beads not the toys

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      lrene 6 years ago

      These are soooo cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      molly 6 years ago

      i don't no where to got them

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      kim 6 years ago

      i want some

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      kitty cat 6 years ago

      i wonder where to get some?

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      amelia 6 years ago

      hi i love obies

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      gal 6 years ago

      i lov them so much ! my lil sis does 2! they are so great!they are cool!!!!!!!!! omg! my friends lov em!

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      red 6 years ago

      itz so fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Allison Usner 6 years ago

      ORBEEZ ARE SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Purple1011 6 years ago

      You can buy orbeez mostly anywhere i buyed mine at walmart. U can buy ur's at walmart,target,walgreens,And Cvs... Anyways orbeez are veary cool but once u have them for a long time maybe even a month u get tired of them! I did but it's fun once in a while. my friend wants me to buy her orbeez for her b-day they are 19.99$, i think im gonna buy her those couse she is always asking me over and over for my orbeez! orbez are cool! i guess!

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      carolinemoon 6 years ago

      Orbeez are really cool. My nephew had it once and gosh!, all our jars were full of orbeez. He's so enjoyed on what he was doing.

      Great hub!

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      yellow 6 years ago

      were do i buy some??????

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      hannah 6 years ago

      i wish i had some!

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      Hannah 6 years ago

      i want some orbeez sooooooooooooooo much!!! they look so fun and cool!! the kinda remind me of the trollz spell bracelets lol :)

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      Sarah 6 years ago

      i love these soo much they bounce n stuff its really should buy some :)

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      jony 6 years ago


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      morgan 6 years ago

      i need to get some

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      tiarrah 6 years ago

      how much does orbeez cost

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      bella 6 years ago

      i love orbeez they are so much fun they are like cute little squishy balls that are very helpful with your yard and being cute i like as my pet isntead of just breaking them into a million little pices.

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      alessandra B. Dolgia 6 years ago

      i love theme soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo mush yeah only dad says have to buy theme 2morrow on acount only to bad for me there is school and when i come home my dad might be home or still in work ps. i am glad i told you about how much i love them love me

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      mariana 6 years ago

      i am sooooooo getting some!!!!!!!!

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      taylor 6 years ago

      that's soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cool i wish i had those orbies

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      zac 7 years ago

      i got a orbez gun!!! its so cool!

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      Little lobee 7 years ago

      There so cool

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      emily  7 years ago

      these orbeez are SO awesome! they sell so much at target in the toy section!:-)

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      Joe 7 years ago

      you can also get your orbeez here too. type in the coupon code save 10%

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      nina 7 years ago

      orbis are fun. i always put them in my water bottle . i don't drink from it. they entertain me a lot. i always treat them like my favorite pet and pretened they are alive.(they look alive)they are soooo cute

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      lulu 7 years ago

      i want orbis . everyone says there cool . im getting some for my birthday. yaaaaay!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is going to be so much fun!

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      Lurch Pernia 7 years ago

      You can clean Orbeez. We do and have had smells or molds. Have used the same orbeez since Christmas 2010. I out about 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol in the tub with them and swirl in around with the hand and out the lid on and roll them around inside for about a minute, let set 1 minute. Rinse severl times with clear cold water or until the Alcohol smell is gone.. Kids still playing with them. Throwing them away clean them and save money. But by all means, buy more, stock up. Because in time they will have to be thrown out.

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      Vanessa 7 years ago

      they are so fun

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      mj 7 years ago

      it's wet but i love it

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      Carly  7 years ago

      Orbeez are sooooooo squishy

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      olivia 7 years ago

      i luv it!!!!

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      tyler waltz 7 years ago

      hahaha nice

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      CarolineVABC 7 years ago from Castaic

      These are awesome! My son and his cousins will have a kris kringle this Christmas and my niece wanted Orbeez, but I had no idea what those were, so I've looked through the internet and found your hub-thanks for sharing this! I've shown this to my son and he said that he's seen these before. Now, I know what to get my niece! These are awesome!:-)

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      ashley 7 years ago

      i bought thease for my daughter there the kewlest things eva!

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      gracie 7 years ago


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      mom34 7 years ago

      omg thees are so cool u shood get them my kid love them