As a stay-at-home mom, I feel like I generally exhaust every single creative idea in my brain for summer break kid entertainment. I mean, they can only color, jump through the sprinkler (which it honestly hasn’t even been warm enough to do this summer), play on the swing set, and make paper bag puppets so much, right? So, because I am CONSTANTLY searching the internet for good activity ideas to do with the girls, I jumped at the chance to host a #BeadosCrafternoon party at my house! What’s better than combining a big old play date and a structured, fun, creative activity, right? No, seriously: it was fun!
Basically, Beados are a modern version of those bead crafts we did when we were kids…you know, the ones where you put the beads on the little peg boards in various designs and then heat them with an iron so that they melt together? This is a similar concept. These are little round glue balls, basically, that you place onto a grid in the pattern of a design that adheres to the back side of the grid. Once the balls are placed according to the pattern, you spray the design with water (in the provided mini spray bottle), and set under a fan unit to dry for 15 minutes. The whole process is fairly simple and straightforward; the kids who participated in this activity ranged from ages 6 1/2 to 8 1/2 and had no issues placing the beads or following the patterns, and they had a blast being creative! There is a fine art, however, to getting these things to stick together once the process is complete: too much water and they never want to dry (had to leave a couple out on a plate overnight), and too little water will result in the design falling apart when you take it off the grid. I think I finally have a system down after doing 10 designs and drying them. Aside from that, this is a great project!
Beados are available at various retail chains like Target, Walgreens, and Walmart, or online at Amazon, and range in price from about $8 to $20. The drying station and starter kits are a must for completing any Beados project, but also available are bead refill packs, themed packs, and activity packs that all include patterns to follow, grid trays, and beads!