A few weeks ago we tried out an excellent Maxi Hama Bead set from Craft Merrily, and today we had a go at a similar starter kit for Midi Beads. My First Midi Hama Beads comes with about 2400 beads, 3 transparent pegboards, printed design cards, a frame to keep the design secure under the board and some ironing paper. I’d been saving it until we had plenty of time to get stuck into it, as I knew it would keep us all busy for a while. So today, after a morning of violin lessons (the big two) and Musicbox (the little two), a bit of Mathletics and Reading Eggs, and a “Feed Yourself Friday” lunch, we settled in for the perfect craft activity for a rainy Friday afternoon.
We managed to do all the designs from the set, as well as some original creations using both Midi and Maxi Hama beads, and this time I even did some myself as well as helping the kids with theirs. So, out of the main set, Rabbit did the teddy, Monkey the kite and the butterfly, Owl the parrot and the cat and I did the fish, sun, car and boat.
In addition to all that, Owl made a circular design (which I think is a firework), Monkey made a hanging star decoration, Rabbit a snowy tree picture and Tiddler completed his first ever Hama Bead creation, a teddy. Rabbit then made another teddy, using up all but the last six Maxi beads.
It took us about three hours, and with the ironing as well (of all fourteen designs!) we ended up having supper rather late. It was a good afternoon though. There really is nothing quite like Hama Beads for keeping all my children happy and quiet at once for a very long time, and now that Tiddler can do it too it’s even more satisfying.
Hama Beads are certainly on our Christmas list, and if you are looking for last-minute presents there’s still time to order some here. Suitable for children of all ages and the young at heart. I’m not the only adult who would like to receive Hama beads for Christmas, am I? No, I think I’m in good company.