When you are a mum your days are busy from the moment you get up in the morning until the moment you hop back in bed and if, like us, you have a terrible sleeper on your hands you get even less rest. I absolutely adore our little Sybbie but it is important for all of us that she gets some sleep so her daytime naps are holy in this house. If Sybil is asleep everyone has to sit as still as possible, tiptoe and whisper which is when a quiet craft activity like Beados really comes in handy:
A few weeks ago I sat down at the kitchen table with our two oldest girls (6 years and 4 years old) and introduced them to Beados. They always enjoy a good creative project with beautiful colours and lots of fiddly hand actions so I knew they would love it and they definitely did. The Beados (ages 4+) concept is both simple and intriguing at the same time and it requires a lot of concentration so it keeps kids busy for ages!
So how does it work? You use the Beados tweezer pen and a selection of small coloured beads (Beados) to create a picture on a special Beados tray, then you spray your design with water and the Beados magically join together. As there is no heat or glue involved it’s a safe and mess free activity for children (except for a few loose beads here and there), fun for kids and stress free for mum.
Once your Beados design is dry you can pick it up, touch it and play with your very own Beados toy. For extended play there are several accessories available like a Beados Play Pad and Dual Scene Card (to create a home for your toy), display stands (so your Beados toy can stand upright independently) and suction caps (to attach your Beados creation to a window, fridge or cupboard). There are multiple play pads and scenes to collect and you can connect the play pads to each other using a bridge building your very own Beados world.
Whether you’re only just discovering Beados or are a big Beados fan who wants to add to your collection, the Beados product range has a perfect pack to suit everyone. We started with the Beados Activity Pack which contains a good selection of beads, all your basic tools (the Beados tray, Beados tweezer pen, Beados design templates and water bottle) and a whole heap of extras for even more Beados fun.
To speed up the drying process we used the special Beados Quick Dry Design Station, this drastically cuts down the drying time so kids can play with their creation sooner and of course it looks very impressive too (I know I would have loved to get this awesome kit when I was a little girl). The Beados Quick Dry Design Station really is the ultimate kit for Beados lovers as aside from the drying unit (battery operated) it contains all the tools and extras you could wish for and a huge 500 Beados beads in a rainbow of colours. By using two sets at the same time we had two lots of tools so the girls were able to work along side each other as opposed to wait their turn, after all being patient is hard when you’re only four.
At first our son (6 years old) wasn’t very interested in Beados but when he realised how much fun his sisters were having he jumped in too and he really enjoyed it so it is definitely not an activity that’s for girls only. Often boys avoid craft activities but they’re an excellent tool for practising fine motor skills (using the Beados tweezer pen is very similar to writing with a pencil or pen) and colour recognition, add to that the fact that they can make their own designs and you can see why Beados is fun for all.