Fine Motor Perler Bead Planets

My girls have wanted to try the perler fused beads for a long time. They have always looked like such fun to do!

We got some for Christmas and they asked to make some planets for our space themed activities. I thought why not. Kids can be very creative when they have ideas. I also like to say yes to their craft and ideas when I can. If you can say yes, do it! We all have so much fun doing their ideas. Plus it makes them think about how they would make the craft happen.

Plus this was a great way to work on fine motor and calm down after school.

Fine Motor Perler Bead Planets - fun fine motor space craft for kids to make - 3Dinosaurs.com

As with a lot of our activities, we always pick a book to go with it. My girls have loved the Gail Gibbons books. So we read The Planets by Gail Gibbons. Since two older girls are great at reading we all took turns reading parts of the book.

While reading, they each picked out their favorite planet or part of space. They picked out the moon, Jupiter, and Pluto.

What you need for this activity:

Fine Motor Perler Bead Planets - fun fine motor craft for kids to make - 3Dinosaurs.com

We printed off the planets they wanted to do from the Planet Learning Pack. Then we taped them to the back of the pegboards.

Fine Motor Perler Bead Planets - fun fine motor craft for kids to make - 3Dinosaurs.com

Our second first step was getting the beads they needed. Each had to pick the colors they needed, and we sorted through the bin. Yes, we all sorted through the bins. It was a fun time to work together picking out the beads. We used two plates. One for the beads we needed and another for the ones they were looking through. We also had a plate for the beads no one needed.

Fine Motor Perler Bead Planets - fun fine motor craft for kids to make - 3Dinosaurs.com

After they had a decent amount of beads they started on the planets. The pictures from the pack made it easy to pick out colors and to follow where the beads needed to go.

Fine Motor Perler Bead Planets - fun fine motor craft for kids to make - 3Dinosaurs.com

You can see the final project with all the beads done compared to the pictures we used. It was fun to see how well they turned out.

Fine Motor Perler Bead Planets - fun fine motor craft for kids to make - 3Dinosaurs.com

Here is a look at how a finish bead craft looks compared the picture.

Fine Motor Perler Bead Planets - fun fine motor space craft for kids to make - 3Dinosaurs.com

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About Cassie

Cassie is a mom of three stomping, romping, and roaring girls. She blogs about fun art and craft activities and printables she makes. She includes the odd review of products every now and then. She also blogs about the places that she has taken the girls called trip reviews. She has a few free printable pack for kids ages 2 to 8 and always adding more. She loves to get comments and feedback and always looking for new things to try or do with her girls.
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