Product Type: Character Options Art / Craft
Newest Review: ... sprayed with water and left to set. Once set the bead design can then be peeled off as a complete and solid beaded object. There are 50... more
DON'T BIN THESE BINDEEZ!! BECAUSE IT'S FUN!!
Character Options Bindeez Starter Pack
Member Name: bishopview
Character Options Bindeez Starter Pack
Advantages: APPEALS TO ALL AGES.
Disadvantages: TAKES TOO LONG TOO SET.
I was confused when my son came home with this toy yesterday. Being a truck and car mad five year old, I was not expecting him to return home after choosing this toy with his aunt. But unbeknowns to me, this bindeez toy is the 'in thing' at the moment. My daughter seemed to be more excited with her brothers choice of toy than he was! Which in turn led to a thoroughly rare and blissful afternoon of them playing together with no quarreling. That alone makes this toy worthy of five glowing stars.
So what is Bindeez? I hear you ask. Unless of course you are more hip and happening than I am, and indeed know the latest child crazes. Basically Bindeez is a very creative toy which allows yor child to create designs using beads which are placed onto a tray. The beads are then sprayed with water and left to set. Once set the bead design can then be peeled off as a complete and solid beaded object.
There are 500 beads included in this starter pack. I was very impressed with the variety of colours and the general quantity of the beads. Plenty enough to make a great variety of designs. The beads are quite small in size which can indeed prove to be quite difficult to grip. This is why the patented pen which is included in this pack is a useful tool to have when using this toy. The pen is large and easy to grip which aids younger children in accurately placing the beads.
What I found to be very beneficial within this toy, was the templates which were included. These can be copied by children and this allows them to make grander and more elaborate designs. However, I do much prefer the toy when the children are using their own imaginations to create designs.
What I found most irritating about this toy is that you have to wait between 10 to 15 minutes for the beads to set, before you can peel it away from the tray. My ten year old daughter had no problems with waiting. But my five year old son was most put out and got very impatient with having to wait this length of time to observe the outcome of his handy work. I must say, I do think ten minutes is quite a long time to expect small children to wait. I really feel that this waiting time really let the fun element of this toy down.
I was most impressed with the packaging of this toy. It is small and compact, but has a very useful and easy to open box in which the beads can be placed safely when packing away. As a mum to a particularly messy five year old. I can't begin to tell you the usefulness of the storing bead box. As im sure if this wasnt included, I would have had the misfortune of standing on a few misplaced beads by now!!
The main thing that I like about this toy, is the fact that it offers entertainment to both my children. This is very unusual as they have differing tastes. But this toy, allowed them to interact and enjoy some craft time together. I feel the beauty of this toy is that it can be used in as simplistic or complicated manner as desired. So an older child can still be challenged by making much more complex designs.
I certainly can see the appeal of this toy. I am not suprised that it is proving to be so popular with children. However, I do feel that the ten minutes, waiting for the design to set, slightly spoils the fun.
I am going to award this toy with 5 stars. Simply for the brilliant creative opportunity it offers.
Summary: GREAT FOR GETTING CREATIVE.
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