Fun Finds For Mom

Perler Beads


Do you know about Perler Beads? They’re these tiny pieces of plastic that keep my kids busy for HOURS! Both my 5 year old daughter and 8 year old son will sit together and quietly work on their creations for an unusually long time — sometimes even working together, where one will be the “finder” and sort through all the beads to pick out the right color, while the other completes his or her design on the plastic shapes that come with the beads.

I like the kit I got at IKEA this weekend, because in addition to the shapes (heart, star, etc.) it also comes with a big white square, so the kids can get creative and not just fill in the shape, but make shapes of their own within the square. You can sort of see in the photo above that each shape has little nubs that the beads sit on. When the shape is done, they bring their plate to me, and I put a piece of special paper over the design (comes with the kit), and iron it for about 30 seconds, peel the fused design off the plate, flip it over, and iron another 30 seconds. When it’s done, I hand the kids their warm plastic shapes…

You can  find these at Michaels, IKEA, or maybe a garage sale, where I once lucked out and bought a huge bag of beads!

Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 in Activity