It’s time for some perler beads craft! The mom had just bought a tub of perler beads from IKEA because of the pastel colours! For those who never frequent IKEA Tampines, FYI, there are the pastel coloured ones and if you want it, better get it fast before the stocks run out! I’m not too sure if it’s for a period of time or not but till now, I still hasn’t seen it at the Alexandra branch yet.
For the benefits of those who hasn’t played before. Perler beads are basically small rubbery beads (like those cut from rubber tubes). What you need to do is based on a design (which you can find tons in Google), put the beads according to its position and colours.
And today we are going to make a coin bank! So I showed little milkie the design and asked her to count the coloured squares and place it on the board.
It really is a training of the motorskills but watch out, this is not for the too young as they might just put it inside their mouth. I had to keep fending little milo off as he has the tendency to put things inside his mouth, still.
What’s more, the children need to count too. And little milkie had been putting her hand in the whole tub (sensory) to search for the colours she wanted (sorting)!
So after the picture is done, put the wax paper on top of the picture and iron lightly until the beads melt and stick together as follows.
As we wanted to make a cube coin bank, we made 6 pieces in all, of which there are 2 pieces for each “shape” so that we can lock them together.
This is the final product! Do remember to be gentle with it as it can break off quite easily and will be difficult to put it back again, which means you will have to redo again.
For those who are wondering about the price. IKEA is selling the beads at $9.90 per tub and $2.90 for the boards which consist of 4 pieces.
Have fun! We will most probably do another round soon!