Being a member of the Homeschool Review Crew has allowed me to review a number of curricula products for subject learning. Occasionally, I get to review products that do not involve turning a book page or going online/using the computer. This time around, one of those products is Super Beads from Zirrly. There are a number of Super Beads sets available from Zirrly, which include 3D Animals, Birds, Jewelry Set, Jungle Animals, Spinning Tops, Mega Pack and the 3D Car and Truck, which also looks interesting.
We received the Super Beads Mega Pack, which comes with 4,500 Super Beads. Yes, that is as many beads as it sounds. Also included in the set are several Assorted Design Templates for design ideas and inspiration, four plastic boards for building your water bead design, two spray bottles to hold the water used to spray the design for setting, one design tool to help you lift the design it is dry and, of course, instructions. The design too was also helpful with “controlling” the little beads that may get away from you.
I have never heard of Super Beads. The description sounded well, neat, cool and a lot of fun to use. One of the reasons we wanted to review them was, so we could see how the fuse beads work. As you can see, they are small beads (about 1/8 diameter and 1/4 inch tall), so you should be cautious when using Super Beads with children younger than five years old.
This has been the year of siblings working together on product reviews. Lily and Canyon worked together using the Super Beads. This is just one of the products they will review together this cruise season. Canyon enjoyed working with his big sister on this review. If you have elementary children and teens, they will enjoy using Super Beads together.
I enjoyed doing arts and crafts when I was younger. Of all of the products I used, I do not remember anything like Super Beads or a fuse bead. They do remind me of the some of the art items I used as a child. The reminders were of the days of gluing (fingers sticking together) and trying not to burn myself with a hot iron. That did not happen much (getting burned with an iron), but many of the fun crafty products involved gluing and ironing. Super Beads does not require the use of either of those items to create fun pieces. Because of that, using Super Beads is something your children and you may use safely (no iron ) and with more ease (no glue or mess).
You may use a Design Template or come up with your own design. If using a Design Template, just place the plastic board over the Design Template. As you can see, the design is visible through the board.
Start creating your picture with the Super Beads that easily secure to the board.
Once the beads are in place for your design, you use the spray bottle and spray the design with water.
The water activates the fuse process, so be sure to not get the beads wet before your design is set. Also be sure to move (or put up) the loose beads, you are not using, away from your spray area.
These are two designs Lily and Canyon made. The suggested drying time is 60 minutes, but we had to let them sit for about two hours (we also put them outside) before they were ready to be removed from the plastic boards without falling apart.
Is he not just the cutest thing? He was also fun to make. Once the Super Beads fuse and dry, the uses are numbered. You can make your fun fuse bead creation an ornament, wall hanging piece in a picture or use it as a character or piece in play. I would love to have access to larger plastic boards for children who want to create a picture using Super Beads.
Zirrly Super Beads are a unique and fun way to include arts and crafts into your school.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The Super Beads Mega Pack is available for $18.98. A whole lot of creative fun for a reasonable price.
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