Friday, April 6, 2012

Fuse Beads

One of my favorite first handicrafts for kids is Fuse Beads. I have also heard them referred to as Perler Beads.

Kids place the small beads one-by-one onto a peg board. When the board is full of beads, a sheet of wax paper is placed on top of the beads and they are ironed to fuse them together. It is really neat to see the kids progress from random placement of the beads, to creating patterns and designs.

It's great for math and creativity. I've given these to many five year olds as birthday gifts. My kids have all really enjoyed this activity between the ages of 4 and 10+. We have so many completed designs that I'm thinking about using them to decorate the entire Christmas Tree next year.


When I was in Spain I saw finished designs with magnets on the back for sale. Maybe the kids could get rich selling theirs?
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6 comments:

  1. We have fuse beads, too, and the girls have enjoyed them in the past. It's been a while since we've had them out. They are great for making patterns and practicing small motor coordination. I really like the idea of using your designs to decorate your tree next year!
    Thanks for linking with Favorite Resources :)

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  2. We love fuse beads in our house to! It is a great way to keeps kids busy. I love the flags what a wonderful idea, I am thinking we will have to add that into our continent boxes! Have a great week!

    Mama Of Many Blessings

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  3. My daughter always loved fuse beads at a number of different ages, too! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow

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  5. What a terrific idea. Please share it (and any others) on my family-focused Kid Corner @ http://wp.me/p280y0-SQ. You may just get highlighted next week :-) Jennifer

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