When we went to Michael’s Craft store last week my 4 year old son John found this Melting Beads kit. He was really excited about trying this project. I guess it reminded him of his love for anything Pixles right now, Minecraft and Lego design- all at the same time. I liked it right away because it incorporates and requires concentration, problem- solving, art & design and a great focus on his fine motor skills. Okay. This was a winner! Into the shopping basket it went. John had the idea to turn the finished design into magnets. I loved that idea as well. So while we were at the craft store, we also purchased some magnets with adhesives.
The kit comes with a peg board and 250 Melty Beads and wax paper. Plenty for at least one design and maybe some left over for other imaginative creations.
This project still requires the supervision of an adult, because the beads need to be melted with a hot iron. Only an adult should be handling this part of the project. It actually is always a ton of fun when you find activities you can do together with your kid.
This is what the kit looks like. After opening the pouch of the beads, I decided to place all beads into a separate plastic bowl. It is easier for a kid to handle the beads that way.
1) Start creating your design for the Melty Beads magnets by placing the beads, one at a time onto the peg board.
2) When your design is in place on the peg board, place wax paper onto the peg board and iron over design. It is important that an adult is doing this process.
Press hot iron gently over beads, until the beads are starting to melt. This usually can take up to a few minutes, depending how hot your iron is getting.
When the beads are melted, wait until the design is cooled down and gently pull the wax paper off the peg board. Flip your design, cover it with wax paper again and
heat this side with the hot iron as well, until the beads are melted. When the design has cooled down, gently remove it from the wax paper.
3) Take a magnet with an adhesive and place onto the back of your creation, applying very gentle pressure for a few seconds.
4) Stick magnet to fridge!