Today Sylvia and I decided to have a Beauty & The Beast Themed Activity Day. We discussed the activities we could do and Sylvia suggested creating Belle out of Hama Beads. If you haven’t used Hama Beads, you definitely will want to grab some to create your own Hama Bead craft!
What are Hama Beads?
Hama Beads are also known as Perler beads or Nabbi beads. They are plastic fusible beads. To use these beads, you will need plastic pegboards to form the patterns. The colourful beads are arranged on these plastic pegboards to form patterns such as the Belle from Beauty and the Beast.
Once the pattern is finished, you can fuse the Hama Beads together using a clothes iron. Hama beads can also be used to create necklaces, keychains (Check out our DIY Shark Keychain) , and to assemble 3-dimensional decors.
Hama Bead Designs
Sylvia has lots of Hama Beads and plenty of yellow so we decided to work on creating the perfect Belle. We got a huge tub of perler beads from Ikea last year and they have lasted a long time.
Beauty and the Beast Hama Bead Disney Designs
I went online to search for some Hama Bead Disney designs and found a template online . Sylvia followed the instructions perfectly. It did take some time, a lot longer than we thought but we had a lot of fun!
This activity was a fantastic way to build language and social skills. We talked and chatted for an hour and a half as we worked together on our Disney princess hama bead patterns.
Small Hama Beads Help Kids Develop Fine Motor Skills
Hama beads can be educational in so many ways from helping kids with fine motor skills to learning about colour.
I helped Sylvia separate the different colour beads. This involved a lot of sorting and counting skills. I didn’t realise before we began just how educational Hama Beads can be. However they are great for extending mathematical skills.
The beads are super small, so it’s not an activity for a much younger child, however the size of Hama Beads can create a challenge and help children develop fine motor skills.
Sylvia did a fantastic job creating her Belle. It really did turn out awesome and I was so impressed.
Once we completed the Beauty and The Beast Disney Hama Bead Design we went to look for an Iron to melt the beads together, however Daddy seems to have hidden it well away so we are waiting for him to come home to do the final part.
Using Hama Beads can be real fun. It’s something we enjoy doing and is a fun learning activity which both girls and boys alike can enjoy.
If you enjoyed this craft, don’t forget to pin it to Pinterest so you can follow our pattern later!
About Angela Milnes
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and is passionate about kids crafts and having fun as a family. Angela has also taught cooking skills and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Inspiration Edit. Follow her on Pinterest!
Aww I love Beauty & the Beast – can’t wait for the movie to come out! Looks like she had great fun doing that and she did a really good job too!
It’s a lovely movie! One of my favourites!
Sylvia @ Happiness is homemade says
Looks like a lot of fun for kids, can’t imagine the mess when it all goes on the floor tough 😀
Well, that’s why you Iron the beads and keep them in a container 🙂
Terri Beavers says
I’ve never tried bead crafts with the grand kids before. Knowing how much they love to craft, I’m sure they’d love making one of these.
I’m sure your grandkids would enjoy it.
Ivette L says
What a great idea that is cool, might be something I look into for my grandson to help with counting, and those motor skills.
It’s a great and fun activity.
This is such a fun activity! I am actually looking forward to the movie coming out next month.
Me too. I think it’s going to be great!
That looks like loads of fun, and your daughter really did do a fab job with her creation. My kids would love this!
Thanks Elizabeth! We had fun!
Elizabeth O. says
That’s really nice! I can’t wait for the movie and seems like everyone else is excited as well. She definitely nailed Belle!
Yona Williams says
There are so many beads in that suitcase – that is a lot of creativity waiting to happen. I think the crafts are very cute and fun to do.
yes, we have a lot of beads! lol We can create many characters and scenes!
Omg how cute!!! I was obsessed with making these bead creations when I was a kid!!!!
I’d like to have those bead stuff too! Will you post it once you are done with ironing?
Marielle Altenor says
That’s so neat. My son is more an of a Lego kid, but I bet if I told him we could make something Halo or Minecraft related with the beads he would love it.
This is cool. My little one is still too young for this but it is certainly something I think would be great for my niece!
Thanks Sheri. This sure was fun to create!
Michelle Waller says
This is such a cute craft!! My kids are so excited for the movie so we are going to have to give this craft a try.