Why Hama Beads are popular with both adults and children
Hama beads have become very popular among adults and children alike. Laying bead patterns and bead plates provides ample opportunity to use imagination and creativity. At the same time, it challenges fine motor skills, which can be a fun and welcome challenge for both children and young people. Many adults consider beading as a hobby on a par with knitting, crocheting or drawing. It's fun to tinker with and at the same time you can make some nice Christmas decorations, Easter decorations or similar to hang up around the home.
Children over 5 years old can lie on their own, which can be a fun activity to do with friends. It has been a popular activity in after-school clubs and leisure centres for many years, as concentrating on laying the beads is fun and healthy for children in many ways. If the beads need ironing, then this is another fun challenge that the children can join in with.
See instructions for ironing your bead plates here
It is with good reason that the beads are for both large and small, as the beads are made in three different sizes
The Hama maxi beads are recommended from 3 years and measure 10 mm. They are easier for little fingers to grasp and a bead plate fills up faster, so little ones don't lose interest too quickly.
The Hama midi beads are recommended from 5 years and measure 5 mm. This is the bead you will typically remember from your own childhood. It is also the bead most often used when talking about beads on various blogs etc. You can often find Hama midi beads in various supermarkets, toy shops, etc.
The Hama mini beads are recommended from 10 years and measure only 2.5 mm. These small beads require a little more dexterity and patience. They are not as widely available in stores as the other two sizes, but if you have the time and patience, you can create beautiful results with these beads.
Hama beads are a nice hobby for both children and adults, and are therefore also ideal to make together. It's a great way to spend time indoors, especially if it's raining or very cold outside.
- When you lay beadboard, you use your imagination and creativity
- Children and adults enjoy putting beads together
- You can make beautiful Christmas decorations to hang on the Christmas tree
Idea for the children who produce many bead plates:
The small bead plates can also easily be decorated on the outside of a gift, either together with the gift tag or as a gift tag. If you glue paper on one side, the bead board can be turned into a to and from tag. This is sure to bring joy to the grandparents, who can then hang the little bead board as a decoration in the home or on the Christmas tree.