Hama beads are always a favourite in our house, we all love them and have spent hours creating new masterpieces, me included.
In fact at one point I was more obsessed than the kids.
I was constantly looking for new Hama Bead ideas and Hama Bead patterns on Pintrest then trying to recreate them.
For anyone not familiar with them, Hama Beads, they are small hollow round beads that you place on a peg board in a pattern and once you have finished you place the ironing paper over the top and iron, this then fuses the beads together leaving you with your finished masterpiece.
Hama Beads are easy to use; I have even had 3 year old’s who have put the Hama beads on to the peg boards, when I was child minding. Obviously the ironing part is an adult only job.
They are great for kids as they help develop fine motor skills and in older children develop knowledge of patterns and allow them to be creative.
We started off with an individual pack each, which contained a few coloured beads, ironing paper, a small peg board and pictured instructions of that one thing to make. The girls loved them so much that I invested in more and more Hama beads and we went from following the patterns to free styling.
We have used the shaped peg boards, which gives you the outline then you use the different colour pegs to make your design, we have also used the big square peg board to make our own designs.
We ended up with so many Hama Beads creations I didn’t know what to do with them. That is when I had the thought of making them into fridge magnets. I bought some little round craft magnets and a small pot of superglue and set about gluing the magnets on the back.
I also bought some key ring chains and put some of the smaller Hama Bead creations on to them as key rings, this however is quite fiddly to get them on.
If you make them into fridge magnets or key rings they can be given away as gifts. We have given a lot away as gifts, just to try and reduce our horde.
Last year the girls made all their teachers Hama bead bookmarks with ribbon tied through the bottom and then wrapped them in tissue paper. Bella even made me a bookmark which I still use to this day.
I know there are a lot of cheaper options of beads instead of the Hama beads but I would be wary of these. We have used the cheaper beads in the past and to make your design on the peg board they are fine but they are a lot harder to iron.
There is nothing worse than being handed a creation that a child has spent so long on to it then get ruined in the ironing stage. I find the cheaper beads don’t melt as well and when you think they are melted and go to remove the paper and some are stuck to it which pulls them away from the design. Sometimes you can get them back in but other times they have been completely ruined which has caused a lot of tears.
I always make sure our creations are completely melted and fused together and once cooled down I then remove them from the peg board. Then to ensure they are super strong I also iron then on the reverse side too.
I have also on some of our designs used Mod Podge to coat over the finished product just to give it a bit extra strength.
Hama beads are can be used as seasonal crafts we have made Halloween and Christmas creations and even made baubles for the Christmas tree out of Hama Beads. The girls have also made birthday fridge magnets for family members and my girls have even started accosting visitors to buy some of their creations off of them and actually succeeding.
Hama beads are a great activity for all the family and can keep the children amused for ages.
Word of advice though ensure your children don’t bring them over to you once they have finished putting them on the peg board as if they drop them or tip them up there will be a lot of tears not to mention beads everywhere. I learned this the hard way.
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