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More Fun With Perler Beads

Last year I used perler beads for the first time in my class (see here) This year I decided to start by using them as @Happycampergirl had mentioned in the comments of my last perler beads post. I simply put out the beads and several of the boards. I had boards with pre-defined shapes and a few square boards. I only put out the pre-defined shape boards because I didn’t have many plain square ones. I have ordered more of the plain square boards and when they come in I will get rid of the pre-defined shapes. As Amy said, it is hard to make anything but a car with a car shaped board. Not very creative.

A few things I loved about the center…

– Fine motor, the beads are small and it takes skill to put the beads in place. Try it yourself

– Patterns, naturally when kids are given a lot of colors they tend to explore patterns

– Sensory, I was surprised how many kids spen a significant amount of time just running their hands through the beads in the bucket

– Creativity, with the square boards there are no expectations and that promotes creativiy

– Stamina, finishing a board is not a quick task. It takes continues effort and focus

– Clean up, the beads do tend to find the floor but this leads to much more fine motor practice for all

 

One Response to More Fun With Perler Beads

  1. Deborah says:

    Hi Matt, where do you get the square frames?

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