My children have always been creative but lately they are venturing more into the artistic side of it and today I wanted to share with you what their new craze of the month is.
What are Beados?
Beados are magical little multi coloured beads which , when sprayed with water , join to each other to create something wonderful.
Grab a template or get creative and make your own style , the limits are endless, the more beads you have, the bigger the magic becomes.
Once dried and ready, the Beados creations can be used as key rings, bag tags and even window decorations, what would you make?
The Beados Glitter Quick Dry Design Studio Set.
The contents -
Where to buy - Characteronline.com
Cost - £19.99
My quarms about this product,(lets get this out of the way)-
The first thing I have to say about this is about the box that it came in.
What a nightmare that was to open. Don't you just hate having to rip open a box because it has no certain way to open , yet when you do, you need to throw it away and therefore have no where to store the product inside for future use? I hate waste.
Well that is exactly my problem and really the only problem with this toy.
I like to keep my boxes for my children's toys, these things can take up so much space and if they have not got a desk or shelf to place it on outside of the box then I simply have to go out and spend a fortune on storage for them which is the last thing I want to do. So for me the storage is a big issue with this product, considering it has very small pieces , even the bead storage tray has no lid.
So after throwing away the ripped up box, I then set it all up .
I then noticed that I needed batteries for the quick dry station so I put that to one side and searched for the batteries and a small screwdriver (another annoying thing about toys that don't come with things they actually need) .
In fact it actually took me ages to find out what batteries I needed as I could not find the information on the box it self .
My thoughts on the product -
I remember last summer , my daughter had a similar toy which worked exactly the same way so this was no way new to us and how it worked.
The beads are very small , that small that you get a tweezer pen to pick up the beads individually to then place them on the tray .
The tweezer pen is easy to hold and easy to use , my daughter aged 10 had no struggle in using the pen to pick the beads up and place them on the tray and neither did my 8 year old.
We separated the beads into the tray which made it so much easier to use the colours we needed and using a template and attaching it under the clear bead tray made it simple for a design to be created.
Once the design is finished you simply turn on the quick dry station and leave it for a couple of minutes and when dry use a template to slide under the design and peel away from the bead tray .
Sian aged 10 years had so much fun doing this , she decided to make a couple of the designs from the box and she mostly enjoyed the fact that she could tie them onto her bag .
I liked the little spray bottle, it was very handy and although you need to ensure that the design has been literally drenched to make it work, it does work if soaked well and left long enough to dry.
Once the designs made are dry , they have a lovely flexibility about them, they are bright and cheerful and this Beados Set also include some new glitter beads which my children loved, not many considering it is actually called a glitter design studio but enough to enjoy in a few of the designs.
We did get to make 4 of the templates which included a large one but I do think a few more beads would be better .
I actually had fun myself doing these and I can see me buying some of the theme packs to add on to this great starter set.
This was great fun and we all as a family enjoyed it , and now I have them safely tucked away in a sealed food container , I feel safe in knowing my smaller children won't get hold of the smaller pieces.
So for our creative crafting time, we don't need scissors, glues and glitter , we simply need beads and water .
So what do you think about the Beados set, what design would you like to make ?
This has me amazed, I think I'd probably take over haha. I like that there's no messy glue and glitter, I dread the thought of when that day comes and the mess that follows. I like that there's a nice clean alternative. It looks really good. I may get one for my friends kid, it'll keep her quiet for a few hours.
3/3/2015 08:33:19 am
i like this best and compare to the hama beads its non iron so alot safer
11/2/2015 03:54:30 am
This kind of a toy is very new to me. What a perfect way of teaching children creativity, coordination and patience. Perfect toy for when friends come round.
3/3/2015 08:36:04 am
i think so too, i also have learn my coordinations is not as it used to be but getting better
11/2/2015 03:55:58 am
I think these looks ace. perfect for both boys and girls and I also like you don't have to iron them
3/3/2015 08:37:05 am
its a great unisex toy for both sexes and ages 5 plus
11/2/2015 04:12:54 am
My twins have asked for this for their birthday but it's seems a bit of a faff! They do look pretty though.
3/3/2015 08:37:42 am
i was the same with them but they seem to spend hours doing them so its a plus for me
11/2/2015 04:36:13 am
oh my i haven't seen these before, they look like fantastic fun!
3/3/2015 08:38:17 am
it makes an easier change from the hama beads , no iron needed
3/3/2015 08:40:39 am
that is exactly what is appealing to me to
11/2/2015 05:45:50 am
Oh I love the look of this - I imagine my kids would love to play with it and it's the sort of toy that would keep them occupied for ages. Looks great (apart from the box issues!!)
3/3/2015 08:41:16 am
the box waste wasa huge thing for me , i need to be able to store the toys x
11/2/2015 05:56:24 am
Such a great idea - and a fab way to encourage creativity! The lack of storage would annoy me though! x
3/3/2015 08:41:48 am
its the only downside to the whole thing well bar the name also
11/2/2015 06:07:54 am
If looks a lot like the Aquabeads brand and my girls love to play with them :)
3/3/2015 08:42:20 am
works exactly the same too, it was great coordination play
11/2/2015 06:45:42 am
It looks really fun, I know my 11 year old would like this...must admit I am so over toys now though and I agree with you about things not having a box once you open it.
3/3/2015 08:43:21 am
im lucky enough to have children who seem in the creative mood at the moment , otherwise it would have to be an app to appeal to them lol ,
3/3/2015 08:44:16 am
i have to admit you need to drench them to get a good lather to stick, they are for the delicate handed though i agree
11/2/2015 12:02:46 pm
I always think the name is so unfortunate when I hear the advert. Sure it is fun though x
3/3/2015 08:44:59 am
haha i have to agree and yet i didnt even think of it untill you said
3/3/2015 08:45:35 am
they have been , thing is mine have actually pulled some of their creations apart and re used them too
11/2/2015 02:01:37 pm
Kiki has aquabeads which are similar and she loves them
3/3/2015 08:46:06 am
they are great fun , learning to coordinate myself now lol
12/2/2015 02:21:20 am
Despite a few issues these look really fun. I could definitely see my son (and myself!) having a lot of fun with it!
3/3/2015 08:46:50 am
we have spent a few evenings with these now and have us entertained for hours of play
3/3/2015 08:49:14 am
ive found my older girls enjoy them more
12/2/2015 05:42:35 am
Loving the lack of ironing,I'm sold!
3/3/2015 08:49:48 am
i was the same , hated that idea on a childs toy
3/3/2015 08:50:21 am
they are very similar and just as much fun
12/2/2015 01:46:16 pm
I'm all for toys that encourage creativity. These look great. They'd make nice little keepsakes for grandparents once made I think.
3/3/2015 08:53:56 am
i like the little ones making me keyrings
3/3/2015 08:58:53 am
they really do , they really concentrate too which is great
3/3/2015 08:59:50 am
they are great fun you will find yourself joining in
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