Every now and again my kids break out the Pyssla beads. (Also known as Perler beads or Hama beads) They love making designs with the beads. Being close to Christams, I suggested they try some stars or snowflakes. The white one above was my try, while the red one below was made by Mr Happy who is 5.
Little Miss who is 7 decided she’d try a Christmas heart. I love how these beads encourage them to think about design, colour and really work their fine motor skills – even I have trouble getting the beads to stay where I want them to!
The idea is that you iron these beads and the heat of the iron melts them together. But my kids seem happy to just make designs then pour them back into the jar. If you’re after beads like these, we have the huge jar from Ikea and a set of plastic trays to build them on.
Do you have beads like these are your place? What kinds of things do your kids (or you) make?