Hama beads ( you know the ones you put on a plastic frame and then melt together?) have always been popular in our house. Jumeirah has created MANY pieces using them and has spent hours meticulously working out patterns... sometimes disaster strikes ( in many forms) which causes the said masterpieces to bump off their designated spot and tears flow. But still, they are one of the most popular toys in our place :)
Having raved about them, they are also the worlds biggest pain in the butt. Jared just cant stay there long enough, his fingers arent quite as nimble and he cant work as fast and then gets frustrated and leaves a half finished project. He then doesnt want you to pack it away but he also doesnt want to finish it. And poor Miss 4 just cant get a grip on those tiny beads... until now :)
A wonderful friend of mine sent my kids a package last week that contained all sorts of awesome stuff.... hama beads, sun exposure paper ( cant wait to use that!!) and a set of what looked like giant hama beads!!
Amahli squealed and begged me to start straight away! And so we did. But soon she realised she didnt need me.. she was completely able to do it herself!
these are the comparisons between small normal hama beads and big ones
The set comes with a plastic frame, a book of instructions and the beads. We worked out that you line up the frame with a picture and then just copy it. SO much easier! And because the beads are larger, it doesnt take them anywhere near as long a time to do it ( each piece Amahli created took less than 10 minutes) Jared saw how much fun she was having and wanted to do one too. So once Id ironed one of hers he was able to line up the frame and complete one too :)
It also seems that they are sturdier once ironed too as the beads are larger.. we still had tails fall off and a leg from the cats they made but I think that was more due to "seeing how far they bend"rather than poor design and ironing skills ;)
The brand is called Klutz, I had to google to find them but there are a few places you can get them from.
Such a great christmas idea for littler fingers :)
Ill show you all our awesome pieces tomorrow!