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. beautybabyandme

    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

  2. thismumslife

    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

  3. Annette

    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

  4. Jean Vaughan

    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.

  5. Hayley Colburn

    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

  6. Heather Morrison

    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

  7. Clare Tate

    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

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