Perler Beads

As mom to a kindergartner and a third-grader, I thought I’d seen every toy/craft activity out there. But on a playdate at S’s friend house recently, I discovered something totally new-to-me. It’s called Perler Beads and it’s basically tiny beads plus reusable pegboards that your kids can use to create fun shapes that you (the grown-up) iron onto special paper to create solid charms. I watched a small group of 5-year-old boys riveted to this activity for about an hour–no small feat! And I was pretty entranced by it, too. It’s recommended for ages 5 and up (and obviously you need an adult for the ironing part), but I think some kids with good fine motor skills could try the beading designs at a younger age. At you can get a Perler Beads 6,000 Count Bucket with fun shapes that appeal to both boys and girls for just $8.90. Add this to your list of affordable holiday toys!

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6 Responses to Perler Beads

  1. Deena says:

    There are also "Biggie Beads" by perler for ages four and up. The bigger boards are sold separately. I found them at Michaels. These were perfect for my five year old twins; they found the smaller ones too frustrating. When I was a kid we called these "hama beads"

  2. nina healy says:

    My first graders LOVED these and like you said they are great for fine motor. I was going to tell you about the bigger beads too, but someone already beat me to it! They are great for younger children!

    • Bousee says:

      Jennifer Meyer – I would give you a fisher-price toldder camera. To remind you to always have fun and never take yourself too seriously. That you find joy in the simple things and the ones you love. To keep a childlike faith and allow yourself to believe anything is possible. Take time to see life through the eyes of a child and maybe even hand that camera over to a toldder and really get a unique perspective on the world around you. Most importantly, that you never lose your passion and remember why you love what you do.January 26, 2011 10:27 PM

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    On each weekend, we all friends together used to watch film, because enjoyment is also essential in life.

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