Hama beads are in fact very clever cylindrical plastic beads that come in a multitude of colours. They come packaged with little plastic boards with pegs on. The idea is that you put the beads on the pegs and make patterns or pictures with them. The boards can be square or shaped like an animal or heart that you just need to 'colour in' with the beads. Once the pattern is finished just take a bit of ironing or greaseproof paper, cover the beads and iron. The beads fuse together with the heat and hey presto you have a bead structure that you can stick on doors, hang up or even use as coasters! They come in three sizes but mostly people use the midi range which is suitable for 5 years plus (although Little Miss Sunshine has used these with supervision from age 3).
|Hama Bead board and ironing Hama Beads|
|The Hama Beads kept them quiet!|
So we were delighted to be sent some Hama Beads from the lovely Craft Merrily recently. We got two fab packs - one with hippo and mouse shaped boards and a great tray to keep the beads in and another to make a dolphin mobile complete with a mobile ring to hang the finished beadwork on.
The girls pounced on them as soon as they came in from school and that was it - peace until teatime (almost.) All I had to do was iron the finished products and mediate in the usual fight as to who was doing what first (they both wanted to start with the dolphin!)
|Little Miss Sunshine doing the Hama Bead dolphin|
|Hama Bead hippo and mouse on Little Miss Sunshine's bedroom door (and yes they are the wrong way round but that's what she wanted!)|
Little Miss Star is adept at Hama beads of course and likes to make her own designs as well like this little robin. For older kids like her you can get some fab ideas for Hama Bead designs and projects on Bead Merrily. I'm planning to try out the autumn leaves - they look amazing.
|Little Miss Star's Hama Bead robin|
|The Hama Bead dolphin mobile completed!|
Disclosure - I was sent the products mentioned in the review for free but all words and views are my own.