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Fun With Perler Beads

Summer’s here and while the kiddos are excited to have time off from school, the “I’m bored” whine was nearly immediate. I love my kids and love spending time with them, but ‘creative’ and ‘fun’ are not really the best descriptors for me. I know Pinterest is full of ideas, but that stuff is HARD (and some of it is messy, which quite frankly is not my thing).

So when you’re having a deer-in-headlights parenting moment and you need to entertain kids in a calm, orderly and mess-free way, what do you do? Perler Beads!

Easy play with perler beads kids school break winter summer spring rainy day activity

That’s right, Perler Beads: those little tiny beads you can get at IKEA, Target and craft stores. The littlest one got a set of these for her birthday. So on our first Monday off from school, we opened it up and started playing.

The craft is easy: Pick out a base, put the beads on the little pegs in the design that you want,cover, iron, cool, flip over, cover, iron again, done.

Some tips that I learned:

Put your beads in a bowl to keep them from ending up all over the place. Multiple kids = multiple bowls.

Build them in a place where there is not a lot of movement. If you have a table that easily moves when it’s bumped, build them someplace else. These beads very easily come off.

We had two sets: one with blunt tweezers and one with pointed tip tweezers. I found the pointed tip tweezers to be the ONLY way I could get any beads into place. My kiddos were frustrated with the tweezers, but did great with their fingers.

The instructions say to heat the iron up to medium. The instructions are a lie. You need that iron hot enough to grill a sandwich. I turned mine up all the way.

Easy inexpensive cheap kid craft perler beads

Place the beads in the pattern you want.

Ironing perler beads sets the pattern in place

Cover with the ironing paper before applying heat.

Perler bead completed easy craft for kids

Ta-da!

The best part of the project: hanging out with this guy!

Easy craft with kids

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