Boo enjoys getting crafty and creative, so when we were offered the chance to try out Aquabeads, I knew she’d love to.
We’d not heard of Aquabeads before. The idea is that you make various bead designs and creations, using the enclosed templates or your own ideas, then spray them with water and they all stick together. I liked the no mess, ironing or glue sound of that!
The box contains a curved layout tray, ring bodies, design templates, a water dispenser and over 500 beads (The one suggestion I would make is to include a lid for the beads tray, for storing it away).
The instructions are very clear and simple to follow. So, beads at the ready, Boo chose the butterfly template, which we popped easily into the curved layout tray, and Boo got to work following the template pattern…
The beads are small, but not too fiddly for little hands. In fact, Boo was better at it than I was with her smaller fingers. As you can see, the layout card shows where to place the beads, and which colours to put there. It only took a few minutes, and we had our butterfly..
So design complete, it was then sprayed with water…
Now this is the part where less is more. It suggests to spray it 4-5 times, but Boo and I may have done it a bit more than that and so it took a long time to dry! On our next design, I stuck to the 4-5 times and it dried a lot faster and was easier to remove and turn over, as you also spray the back.
The recommended age is 4 and up, which seems spot on to me, as Boo at 4 can easily do this and enjoys it, and I can see that you could create more intricate designs if you’re a little older. Though it’s not a product for under 3’s (we play with this while Little Man’s napping), they do also have a safe, bitter agent in their make up, to put children off them if they do put them in their mouths.
We really like this product, for it’s creativity and simplicity.There are plenty more templates for Boo to use, along with making her own up from scratch, which needn’t be ring designs at all, and there are other Aquabeads kits available. Boo is able to create these from start to finish alone, which she loves. They’re good fun, easy to play with, nice and tidy crafting (always a plus!) and the designs are pretty and do last well once dry.
What do you think of these?