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.
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.
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
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?)
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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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