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When I was younger I always used to make different things with Hama beads. I had loads of different shapes including people, cats, lions, butterflies etc. but the ones I used most were the simple shapes in this pack. The five shapes included are a heart, circle, hexagon, square and star. Each shape is made from a strong white plastic and has small sticky up bits. These are where the hama beads go to keep them in place. They are the only beads which will fit there but there are a wide range to choose from, my favorite beads were always the glittery hama beads. When the hama beads are placed on the spikes they are about twice the height of the spike. This means that somettimes they can be knocked and you may have to start again. It requires good hand eye coordination and some patience. When the beads are placed where you wish the board has to be covered with paper and ironed. This was always a job for my mum. When it has been ironed the beads melt a little and therefore stick together. If you iron too much you can melt the board. The design comes off the board easily and you can then reuse the board again and again. Other than melting some of the spikes the board is still as strong as ever. The shapes are fantastic and very versatile. The heart is my most used, some have been stripy, spotty, and every colour imaginable. The circle is brilliant for faces. The star has been used a lot as well, I used glow in the dark hama beads and put the stars on my ceiling. The square is nice for houses or making letters, you don't have to fill the whole board up. The hexagon is nice to have but I never used it much. These shapes can be bought for a few pounds at my local toy shop. They make many different shapes with a bit of imagination. The only problem is where to put them all!o
I used to play with Hama beads when I was younger and remember my younger sister playing with them too, I bought my daughter who is 4 a giant tub of 10000 Hama beads for christmas and so needed to buy her the bits to go with it too. I bought the Hama beads and accessories from Amazon and bought her a packet of small pegboards along with some large pegboards and some shaped pegboards. This packet of five small pegboards cost me just over £5 including delivery which works out at about £1 oper board which I don;t think is bad value. The pack came on with a plastic fronted swquare shape which held the boards and this was backed onto a piece of cardboard so it wasn;t hard to open and I simply flicked up the corner of the plastic and pealed it off the cardboard. The pegboards are made of white plastic and have little pegs sticking out about 1/2 cm tall where you place the beads over. The pegboards are perfectly uniformed so that the beads will stand neatly against each other when they are on the board. The shapes in the packet were square, hexagon, star, circle and heart which I think was a good range of shapes. My daughter loves playing with her Hama beads so uses the boards alot, she seems to prefer the star and heart shapes and loves colouring them one line at a time, she actually spends a lot of time in her room playing with these without realising how long she has been upstairs. The boards are very durable and have been played with for the past five months but have no marks or damage on them. I think the boards are a great price and the length of time they keep my daughter amused they were well worth the money.