My kids really struggled with fusible beads the first time I pulled them out, but they have since gotten very creative with them, so they have become part of our rainy day activities! Ours are Pyssla beads from IKEA, but you buy Perler beads in most stores, and they are the exact same thing, at least as far as I can tell!
The kids are a little Star Wars crazed at the moment. Johnny (five years old) discovered that Perler beads are perfect for making miniature light sabers, and Emma (seven years old) has gotten even more creative:
Can you tell which Star Wars character this is meant to be?
Do your kids play with fusible beads? What’s the most creative thing they have made?
MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.
14 thoughts on “Creative Play with Fusible Beads”
oh i remember these from when i was a kid!!! sooo fun! we *must* get some of these soon!
I never got to do these as a kid, so I’m making up for it as an adult :)
I have seen these but never tried them. They do look like a lot of fun and I love how into Star Wars your kids are.
Their love of Star Wars is a lot of fun!
We are all about Star Wars too!
Love the bead work!
You make this look really fun! I LOVE Princess Leia!!!
Love the creativity!! I will keep these in mind for when David is a bit older.
I bet your kids could come up with some fantastic designs!
We played with them a little a few years ago, and the kids loved it, and then I got some more and have promptly forgotten to get them out again…… I’m sure you’ve never done that :)
All the time! Sometimes I find ideas on my blog that I completely forgot about.
My girls loved fusable beads but they had to do them at friends’ houses. It was so messy with the beads everywhere that I never bought any. I was so paranoid about choking hazards for the younger kids.
Anna isn’t crawling yet, but once she starts I will have to be more careful. Johnny, Lily, and Emma are so close in age that none of them were putting things in their mouths much once Emma was old enough to enjoy fusible beads.
The kids have played with them some but not too much! Love Princess Leia!
I saw those at IKEA last time and considered them since I had so much fun with them growing up. Maybe next time, I’ll get some to try. They were very reasonably priced. I’m going to guess Princess Leia. How creative and cute!
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