Friday, May 22, 2009

Perler Beads

It is summer. Officially!!! Yesterday was the last day of school! Yippee!!

One of my children's teachers gave her a gift set of Perler Beads. Oh, I forgot how much I love Perler Beads. It is a perfect activity for kids!!

This website has some amazing Perler Bead sets. Too fun! They also sell buckets of beads, extra bead pegboards to create different designs (my favorite is the t-shirt pegboard... wait, maybe it is the girl pegboard... oh, the monkey pegboard is too cute, argh!!) and I saw ornaments too. Cool!
You can also find Perler Beads at toy stores, craft stores and Target and Wal Mart!

If you've been living under a rock, or don't have any kids aged 4 to 12, let me tell you what Perler Beads are...
Perler Beads are colored beads that are placed on pegboards (the boards are reusable, the beads are not) and then fused together with an iron on medium heat. You use either Perler Bead paper, or parchment paper to protect the iron, and the beads! Without even knowing it... kids learn patterning, eye-hand coordination and creativity!! Love it!


MarieC said...

These things are great! Sneakily educational--kids don't realize what they are learning while they are having fun.

When my boys were little their grandma helped them make an entire set of Pokemon characters out of the beads (this was back when there were only 150 or so), using pictures in books to give them ideas for their designs. My youngest hasn't been willing to give his collection up, though we did convince him finally to put them in storage.

Jane said...

We love these at our house. It is also our favorite birthday gift to give, you can buy them at the craft store with a coupon and they are very inexpensive.