One of my favorite kid crafts is fusible beads (Perler beads/Hama beads). When I am sewing, the girls often want to be in the same room, doing something crafty. Often it is coloring. Recently, it's also been Perler beads. They've actually been making Perler bead art for a long time, but not as (suddenly) enthusiastically as now. Jenna, for instance, keeps asking to go to Michaels to spend her allowance on more beads and kits. I think the turning point was when we went out to buy bead organizers to sort the beads.
Suddenly everyone wanted to 'do Perler beads'. Not just making pictures on little poky plates - sorting. Yes, sorting the beads into the little compartments is infinitely more therapeutic than even using them. Everyone wanted to sort! It must be something to do with all those happy colors, and being able to chat while our fingers were busy. Everyone had an opinion on color names ("That's salmon!" "No, that's peach!") and I was very moved when Emily said, "Why do you call that "skin color"? This (she held up a handful of coffee-brown beads) is also a skin color!" Brava, Emily.
Kate made this (pre-fused) portrait of Mum.Not bad at all, for a three-year-old going freestyle. If we were living in Singapore, she might have picked the cafe-au-lait beads, rather than this Santa's Flesh (I learnt this name from a bottle of acrylic paint in this shade) for my face!
These are some of the pieces the girls have made.
Lots of possibilities, Perler beads. And if we should ever tire of flat art, we're going to try Perler bead basket weaving (click on image to take you to www.finelittleday.com).
and bracelets (click on the image to take you to www.minieco.co.uk)!