Aquabeads Party

Aquabeads Party – On return from holiday we found a wonderful package waiting for us from the lovely people over at Aquabeads. They had supplied us with everything we would need to host our very own Aquabeads party, however with term time upon us I have decided to create a virtual party with you our readers. More details are at the bottom of this post including how to get involved. But first here is what we thought of the Aquabeads Beginners Studio.

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What are Aquabeads?

Aquabeads is a fun and safe arts & craft brand for children to enjoy hours of creative fun! The beads are uniquely made to stick together when sprayed with water. No heat, no mess! You can create based on the design template sheet, or free style and create your own original design.

www.aquabeadsart.com/uk

So what do you get in the box:

  • over 800 beads in solid and beautiful jewel based colours
  • 1 x layout table – which have further patterns on it
  • 1 x container – everything fits in the bottom nicely keeping it compact and tidy
  • 1 x sprayer
  • 1 x instructions – clear and easy to follow including pictures!
  • 1 x palette – in a pretty shooting star snap
  • 1 x bead pen
  • 4 x template sheets – 14 different ideas in total

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Monkey was very excited when he saw the kit and couldn’t wait to get started. As Aquabeads were new to me I had to hold him back a bit so I could read the instructions and make sure we did it right! Thankfully its very straightforward and the instructions are very easy to follow even with a four year old jumping up and down demanding to have a go!

Step One: Empty the beads into the palette – I am particularly keen on the jewel ones which are semi translucent and would definitely be my choice as a little girl! (I’m allowed to play right?)

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Step Two: Select the pattern you want to make and slot it behind the layout table. Monkey turned four in June and needed a hand to feed the template in. You also need to make sure the pattern lines up with the circles in the board to enable to pattern to be followed.

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Step Three: Using the pen select the beads by pushing the pen down over the top of the bead. You do not need to push hard it picks them up easily, there is a button on the side which then releases the bead onto the design. Monkey did try to do it with his fingers but got frustrated the pen made it a lot easier for him.

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Step Four: Spray with water, you don’t need too much! We then left ours to dry out in the conservatory before removing them from the table. You can then use them to decorate cards, art work, for little characters for play or gifts for loved ones.

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At the age of four Monkey was right at the young end of the recommended age range and he did need quite a bit of help. However we normally undertake these sorts of things together so it didn’t bother us. If I was going to buy this for a gift I think I would do so for little ones aged 6+.

Things we love: 

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  • The beads are so pretty!! I think this was probably lost on Monkey but not on me, they make you want to create
  • Its good to have some templates but really they are only limited by their imaginations, many of the designs are girl orientated so we did create some of our own as well – although I am not sure I can manage paw patrol yet.
  • Anything that helps with fine motor skills and can keep a little boy entertained for more than half an hour in my book gets a gold star!
  • There are extra templates on the aquabeads website – including some seasonal ones for Halloween, Christmas and Easter
  • Refill kits are available in both the solid and jewel colours

We had great fun playing with the set which has a RRP of £13.99 and is available on Amazon and would make an ideal Christmas present.

 

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137 Comments

  1. emma walters
    September 12, 2016 / 5:22 am

    my son loves animals, i think he would like to make an elephant like his favourite teddy 🙂

  2. September 12, 2016 / 6:40 am

    We love these and I need to look into buying them. Oldest loves using these at kids’ club #marvmondays

  3. Coombe Mill
    September 12, 2016 / 8:51 am

    Clio used to adore these, they are so good for dexterity and creativity #MarvMondays

  4. September 12, 2016 / 10:47 am

    My niece is 6 in December and this is a great idea for her birthday! I used to love Hama Beads as a kids and this seems very similar #bigpinklink

  5. September 12, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    My daughter would create a unicorn and a princess!

  6. Tracy Hanley
    September 12, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    My granddaughter sais she wants to make a pig

  7. September 12, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    I think my girls would try and make something Minecraft related 🙂

  8. September 13, 2016 / 6:43 am

    Ahhh I can’t wait till Josh is old enough to enjoy these sorts of things. I’m not particularly crafty but I’m going to try and get better so we can enjoy these activities when he’s older xx #dreamteam

  9. September 13, 2016 / 7:26 am

    We rediscovered our Aquabeads over the summer holidays, they are so easy and fun to use 🙂

    #TriedTested

  10. September 13, 2016 / 8:51 am

    My kids would love this. I’ve entered, fingers crossed! x #dreamteam

  11. laura stewart
    September 13, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    we would make a cat x

  12. Annabel Greaves
    September 13, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    My daughter would make a butterfly xx

  13. iain maciver
    September 13, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    make some animals

  14. Lauren Tourle
    September 13, 2016 / 1:58 pm

    Id like to try and make nintendo characters 🙂

  15. September 13, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    MY NIECE LOVES CATS SO PROBABLY A LOT OF THEM!

  16. September 13, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    Oh I would make a flower, my boys would make mixels probably! Popped from #triedtested

  17. Sue McCarthy
    September 13, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Romania.

  18. Jennifer Toal
    September 13, 2016 / 3:46 pm

    I would make some flowers

  19. Sarah Mackay
    September 13, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    My daughter would probably do some flowers

  20. Ann Marie Gould
    September 13, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    i think we would make a unicorn as my daughter is alittle bit obsessed with them at the moment!

  21. ADEINNE TONNER
    September 13, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    I think we would make a person or an animal

  22. ADEINNE TONNER
    September 13, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    We would have to make either a person or an animal

  23. ftovey7
    September 13, 2016 / 5:28 pm

    My daughter says we will make a mermaid and a bunny rabbit

  24. September 13, 2016 / 5:56 pm

    thank you for the chance of winning clare, my two children would do rainbows and something lego chima related!! thank you, have a good day, and keep posting enjoying your feed.

  25. Jamie Piper
    September 13, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    Aquabeads are so easy and fun to use

  26. Karen Barrett
    September 13, 2016 / 7:05 pm

    We would make animal coasters

  27. Samantha O'D
    September 13, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    Kawaii characters, my daughter is obsessed

  28. Jules Naybur
    September 13, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    We would make butterfly’s

  29. September 13, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    My daughter would make hearts and butterfly’s all she draws just now

  30. Alison Joyce
    September 13, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    My daughter would make princess bubble gum

  31. September 13, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    my bunch said flowers. Just out of surgery today so they want to make me flowers out of Aquabeads because they don’t have pollen that could make me sneeze

  32. Nicola Marshall
    September 13, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    My daughter would probably try to do a princess.

  33. sarah evans
    September 13, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    some pretty flowers

  34. dawn f
    September 14, 2016 / 5:01 am

    rainbows and flowers

  35. Ruth Harwood
    September 14, 2016 / 6:56 am

    We’d try to depict a Giraffe!

  36. Lisa Wilkinson
    September 14, 2016 / 9:33 am

    I’d make some small animals

  37. Ashley Hamilton
    September 14, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    Awesome prize, my little boy loves crafts so this is something he hasn’t yet tried x

  38. thismumslife
    September 14, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    I love your very in depth review!! This looks like a really fun activity, and I know I’d be just as excited about it as the children! Mine are 3 and 2, so still quite young for it, but it will make a brilliant present for their older cousins!
    #bigpinklink

  39. Deborah Clarke
    September 14, 2016 / 1:57 pm

    My granddaughter would adore this. We’d make flowers , snails and unicorns!

  40. helen tovell
    September 14, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    I would make a seahorse

  41. Becky Yeomans
    September 14, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    Funny faces! 🙂

  42. Kirsty Hosty
    September 14, 2016 / 5:03 pm

    Love to make some girly rainbows, clouds, unicorns etc to make into a mobile and hang over her bed

  43. Kelly Hirst
    September 14, 2016 / 5:35 pm

    I make a whole zoo of animals

  44. Toni Pearson
    September 14, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    My son loves making flags of the world.

  45. Rebecca Smith
    September 14, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    My daughter loves mini beasts so she would definitely make them

  46. Solange
    September 14, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    My daughter would probably make animals and flowers.

  47. Victoria Hopkins
    September 15, 2016 / 10:21 am

    Both my daughters love Aquabeads, keeps them calm.

  48. Stevie
    September 15, 2016 / 2:59 pm

    I think I’d probably make a robot with my niece.

  49. Kim Styles
    September 16, 2016 / 8:25 am

    My niece would make a horse she loves horses and all animals

  50. Tony Metcalfe
    September 16, 2016 / 11:09 am

    Would give to my niece who’d probably attempt to make something flowery.

  51. Deborah Mackenzie
    September 16, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    my great niece would make an animal – but she is a dinosaur lover so this could be her first one

  52. serenityyou
    September 16, 2016 / 4:39 pm

    I would make some butterfly’s and flowers

  53. September 16, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    These look amazing. I’m pretty sure I’d end up playing with them all myself, not the kids haha. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. xo

  54. September 16, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    Its all about houses houses and more houses in our house at the moment

  55. sadiewoohoo
    September 16, 2016 / 10:25 pm

    Its all about drawing and making houses for us at the mo

  56. September 17, 2016 / 9:15 am

    These look so much fun and I really like how it comes as a full kit. So many cute little characters, I wouldn’t know where to start. Little Button has caught a glimpse and is very impressed with Monkeys work in progress 🙂 Thank you for sharing with the #DreamTeam xx

  57. jessica sawyer
    September 17, 2016 / 9:44 am

    My little one would probably make a cat

  58. Lynsey Buchanan
    September 17, 2016 / 3:16 pm

    My daughter loves to make animals with her aqua beads,

  59. Maureen M
    September 17, 2016 / 3:30 pm

    Would have to be a butterfly

  60. Becky Duffy
    September 17, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    We would like to make flowers and kittens – looks like a lot of fun!

  61. laura bryant
    September 17, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    Memo and Elsa castle

  62. Jean Vaughan
    September 17, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    I know the grandson would have me helping him to make Minecraft characters which might be within the realms of possibility for me but the granddaughter with her love of elephants, well that might be pushing too far. I think the sneakiest thing would be to bring the Aquabead’s pinterest boards up on screen and direct her attention there. Flowers look the easiest for me to start with but I am nearly 70!It’s a definite ‘must buy’ though for Christmas, looks so much fun.

  63. JULIE WARD
    September 17, 2016 / 10:58 pm

    Grandson would most probably do dinosaurs with help from grandma

  64. janine atkin
    September 18, 2016 / 7:25 am

    we’d try and make a dinosaur

  65. Helen A
    September 18, 2016 / 10:38 am

    We would make lots of unicorns!

  66. Heather brannan
    September 18, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    Create images of wild animals because the kids love them

  67. Tracy Gladman
    September 19, 2016 / 11:40 am

    My daughter would make some flowers.

  68. sandy ralph
    September 19, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    i would use it with my grandson so i know we would end up making dinosaurs

  69. Angela McDonald
    September 19, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    I’d make a cupcake from aquabeads!

  70. Iris Tilley
    September 19, 2016 / 5:40 pm

    We would do a copy of our 2 cats and dog tortoise and fish lol

  71. September 19, 2016 / 5:44 pm

    We would copy our dog 2 cats tortoise and. Fish lol

  72. Kerry Kilmister
    September 19, 2016 / 10:35 pm

    My daughter Amber would love to make a unicorn or a pony.

  73. Sarah Lee
    September 20, 2016 / 11:09 am

    My son likes animals so i would try and make an elephant

  74. Gemma newton
    September 20, 2016 / 11:37 am

    I’d make a flower

  75. Jodie harvey
    September 20, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    well as were now addicted to pokemon go (me included, but its great for my diet!) i think we would attempt to make some pokemon 🙂

  76. Kat Allinson
    September 20, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    My daughter loves unicorns so that’s what we would make

  77. Rebecca Mercer
    September 20, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    id make something princess for my daughter

  78. Chantiece Bates
    September 22, 2016 / 12:02 am

    Flowers

  79. Sally Collingwood
    September 22, 2016 / 7:51 am

    We would make a fairy

  80. Kirsty Hunter
    September 22, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    My daughter absolutely loves these.

  81. Kimberley Ryan
    September 22, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    My daughter would probably make a butterfly

  82. Kayleigh Robinson
    September 22, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Me and my kids would make an underwater scene with fish and seahorses.

  83. Eliza james
    September 23, 2016 / 7:49 am

    My daughter is autistic and believes she is a cat, so I’m 100% sure she’d make a cat lol thanks for the chance to win!x

  84. Ruth Liddle-Howden
    September 23, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    dinosaurs

  85. jo liddement
    September 23, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    My son loves rock-pooling so he would probulary design some sea creatures

  86. Toni Pearson
    September 23, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    My kids would make Mickey mouse…we just got back from a trip to Disneyworld.

  87. Libby Noack
    September 23, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    We love making rainbows 🙂

  88. Hayley Colburn
    September 23, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    This sort of things is totally down to my daughter, she’s the one with the creative imagination, she certainly doesn’t get it from me

  89. Heather Morrison
    September 24, 2016 / 9:35 am

    At the minute my little boy loves drawing lions and he’s getting really good (but I’m just biased haha). I’m sure he’d love to have a go with these xx

  90. Carol Boffey
    September 24, 2016 / 11:21 am

    A underwater scene

  91. paula cheadle
    September 24, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    my grandson is in to tractors, so I expect he will do a tractor

  92. Jane Skarratt
    September 24, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    Looks good

  93. September 24, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    A bunny as my son loves his jellycat bunny

  94. olivia280177
    September 24, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    rainbows and photo frames!

  95. Susan B
    September 24, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    We would probably make monsters and dinosaurs.

  96. Rich Tyler
    September 24, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    Dinos & Farm Animals

  97. Karolina Rozwarska
    September 24, 2016 / 4:47 pm

    MY daughter loves these!

  98. Victoria Prince
    September 24, 2016 / 7:14 pm

    We’d make animals 🙂 Not sure which ones yet – though I fancy a go at a frog 😀

  99. AnnaH
    September 24, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    We would like to try making some little animals and some owls.

  100. September 24, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    Knowing my grandsons it would be a train

  101. gemma nisbet
    September 24, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    My son would want to make football type things. Thanks for the chance.

  102. September 24, 2016 / 8:40 pm

    My son would probably want to make football type things.

  103. Joanna Kasznicki
    September 24, 2016 / 10:59 pm

    We would make some flowers

  104. Sam Parkes
    September 24, 2016 / 11:34 pm

    We would make different animals, people and flowers

  105. Diana
    September 25, 2016 / 7:23 am

    I would make a penguin 🙂

  106. Sharon Lou Johnson
    September 25, 2016 / 9:34 am

    im sure my daughter would make something princess x

  107. Tracey Woods
    September 25, 2016 / 10:39 am

    I have been informed by my niece we have to make butterfly’s

  108. Kelly cooper
    September 25, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    We would make lots of Disney characters

  109. Jenny Rogers
    September 25, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    I would be very popular if I made some Paw Patrol characters.

  110. Clare Tate
    September 25, 2016 / 2:20 pm

    me and my girls would love to make animals and flowers, my son would be more bats and mindcraft thing lol great toy for all the family to play with

  111. Kelly Smith
    September 25, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    I think we’d have great fun playing with these 🙂

  112. Michelle Corbett
    September 25, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    My daughter would create a unicorn x

  113. Michelle Corbett
    September 25, 2016 / 3:13 pm

    Disney characters

  114. kelly morgan
    September 25, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    I would make some flowers.

  115. Anna Brown
    September 25, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    My daughter would make a unicorn. She is mad on them at the minute

  116. Gemma Holland
    September 25, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    My boys would probably make Minecraft characters

  117. Barbara Handley
    September 25, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    I would help my youngest granddaughter make some flowers.

  118. Mouseybabe
    September 25, 2016 / 6:35 pm

    Probably a dinosaur

  119. Zayn Jaffer
    September 25, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    A unicorn and a princess

  120. Tee simpson
    September 25, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    Id help my daughter make an owl-her fave animal

  121. September 25, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    I’d make pretty flowers and butterflies to delight my daughter.

  122. Tammy Neal
    September 25, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    my niece would make a castle x

  123. Adrian Bold
    September 25, 2016 / 10:04 pm

    My niece would probably make animals and flowers first.

  124. September 25, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    Probably a rainbow. Fairly easy to make and very colourful x

  125. Natalie Crossan
    September 25, 2016 / 10:35 pm

    We’d make unicorns 🙂

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