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.
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:
- planet cards from the Planet Learning Pack (Part 1)
- paper plates
- Perler Beads Large Clear Square Pegboards- 2 Count
- Perler Fused Beads 11,000 Count, Multi-Color
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.
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.
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.
Here is a look at how a finish bead craft looks compared the picture.
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