A few years ago I was introduced to Hama beads by the parent blogger community.Hama beads are small, cylindrical beads with a hole running through them.They are placed onto a peg board, where you follow a pattern to make up a picture.Then on a LOW iron and some special paper placed over top, the beads are fused together.Hama beads are great for eye and hand coordination, colour identification, fine motor skills, counting, forming shapes and patterns, following instructions/pattern, learning patience and concentration and free-styling allows them to use their imagination.
Having done a few kits, we’ve tried free-styling and used Pinterest to find creative ideas.They can be used in a huge number of ways from coasters, boxes, present tags, motifs for cards, 3D models and so much more.
We were sent 4 lovely Hama Bead Christmas Kits to review from Craft Merrily .Me and the girls spent a few fun-filled hours making a snowman, angels, Father Christmas stand and a string pulled Santa Claus.
Mouse started the snowman with a little help from me by marking with a pen where the arrow on the board was.This marked the centre of the design.I helped her to position a few of the beads and showed her how to count up the board.She finished the board by herself but she wanted the snowman to have a bowler hat but I told her for the purpose of the review we had to stick to the pattern.I finished up the snowman by using the ribbon provided and following the instruction on how to tie the sides together.This made the snowman 3 dimensional and able to stand.
Midi Hama Beads- Christmas Snowman Kit Price £5.95 (at time of publication)
Mouse also made the Father Christmas kit which was much easier pattern for her to follow.The finished Father Christmas stands and there are patterns for a separate tree and a heart.These will make ideal Christmas parcel tags or motifs for Christmas cards.Note: In the photo there isn’t a foot stand on the left or a central stand as these went missing at the time of taking the photo.
I made the Santa Claus string pull kit as it was big project, using two boards and finally the tying together of the pieces and making the Father Christmas arms and legs move.I think this would be more suited to an older child than Mouse (6) or maybe two children could do one half each.
Midi Hama Beads Small Gift Box – Santa Claus Price 7.95 (at time of publication)
Cat made two of the 3 angels from the kit, with me making the blue angel.I really liked doing these as I can see us making lots of these as the halos enable you to hang them.The colours of the dresses can be changed to use up beads you already have.This was slightly more complex, but a smaller project that suited Cat’s age (9).
Midi Hama Beads- Christmas Angels Kit Price £5.95 (at time of publication)
MEGA Hama Bead Christmas Kits Review
What we thought
This started off as a weekend project for myself and my daughters Cat aged 6 and Mouse aged 9.Due to seeing their dad for the most of Saturday I did finish the last bits for them as this was for a review, particularly on Mouse’s snowman and the last angel for Cat.Normally we would put them to one side on our huge coffee table we have to finish another day.
The Snowman kit I think would make a lovely gift made up for a teacher with a tag attached with your child’s name on it.
The Father Christmas kit is ideal for younger child and again can be made up to be given to maybe a grandparent.
The Santa Claus pull string kit is more for older children or adults.It needed a fair bit of concentration.I love how this is interactive and is a fun piece for having hung up on a wall.
If I was to recommend one kit it would be the angel kit as I felt this was worth its money as you get 3 styles of angels, they can be hung on the tree and there is more scope for making more using different colour ways.