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My four year old daughter was given this Hama beads activity box as a present for her 4th birthday from her Auntie and I'm so glad she did as I had never really seen them before but I now think they are great. Not only are they fun and something my daughter has fun playing with, they are great for teaching about colours, shapes, sequences and patterns. Also, at the end your child has a nice creation that they have made and can be proud of and show off.
This set is great if you have a child who loves arts and crafts and creating things and I think its perfect for her age as shes getting to a stage now where she loves things like cuddly toys and dolls as presents but its nice to receive something thst is a bit educational and that she csn play with for a long time.
So, what exactly are Hama beads? Well, they are little plastic cylindrical beads, shaped like a tube so there is a hole all through the middle. They come in different colours and to make the design you simply arrange them together on a plastic peg board, according to the instructions, and then iron over them slightly so they melt and join together, and there you have it, a finished design.
In this Hama Activity Box Set you get a lot of girl related designs and the overriding colour of the patterns is Pink so it's very suited for girls. There are 2400 beads which sounds quite a lot but believe me, after you have completed quite a few designs you will be surprised at how quickly you use them up. You will also find these beads all over the house as they escape the box quite easily which is very frustrating for this mummy but oh well!!
The set also comes with 3 Hama pegboards which are basically clear plastic boards with little plastic dots on them on which you put the plastic Hama beads in order to make the designs. The boards are in the shape of a heart, a flower and a seahorse so you can make these designs but you can also create your own designs if you wish, that is the beauty of Hama beads. The set comes with colour instructions on how to make these patterns and they are fairly large and easy to follow so its easy for my little girl to look at and understand. It took her a little while to understand how to follow a pattern/sequence but after playing with these for a while she really understands and it's been great for her learning.
Once your design is finished you are ready to iron it to fuse it together. The set comes with a piece of paper which is basically like a piece of tracing paper that you put over the beads in order to iron on otherwise you will get hot sticky plastic all over your iron. You only need to iron it for a couple of minutes and I find it works best if you just hold the iron in one place. Once it's cooled which only takes a few minutes you have a lovely flower, heart, seahorse or your own creation to play with!