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Perler Beads - Activity with Benefits

January 12, 2018

At BeKids we offer a diverse number of activities during our After School Program. For the kids it is fun play. They could be doing arts and crafts, playing a game or taking apart old electronics, but in reality, they are learning important skills.

 

Perler beads is a craft that our BeKids gravitate towards frequently and it is one of those crafts that addresses a good number of learning skills.  Perler beads are small beads that when carefully heated will stick together forming a shape.  First introduced in Sweden in the late 50's, one of their original uses was for therapy for elderly homes. It wasn't until much later that they gained popularity as a children's toy.

 

The Perler beads activity gives children the opportunity to not only create an image, but to heat it up and have a finished product they can be proud of.  Occupational therapists will often use Perler beads for children with ADHD as it is fun and easy and is considered a perfect focusing activity.  The activity is inexpensive and appropriate for any age or gender.

 

This is activity is a staple for many Maker Spaces. It encourages children to use the following:

 

-Fine motor skills - Grasping and in hand manipulation skills are used in picku

-Visual perceptual skills - Children will use visual discrimination, scanning and visual memory to remember beading patterns, determine and scan through which beads to use next. 

-Cognitive skills - Perler beads take some planning. What will I make? What colors will I use? 

-Social Skills - When a group is working on bead projects, they will often share and cooperate. 

 

The best part of Perler bead projects and activities.....THEY ARE FUN!

 

 

 

 

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