Product: Bigjigs Toys Butterfly Bead Box
Age Range: 3 years+
Manufacturer’s Description: This wooden jewellery kit includes lightweight, brightly coloured wooden beads and several cords, so your little one can design the perfect accessory for every occasion. Create necklaces, bracelets or even unusual playroom decorations – the possibilities are endless! Supplied in a wooden storage tray with a clear sliding lid. Includes approx. 168 wooden beads and 5 cords.
Rating: (4/5 stars)
Review: Georgie was sent this bead box for her latest Play Patrol mission, and although we are shamefully late posting this review thanks to several illnesses in the family, we have had a lot of fun with this box in the meantime.
The box itself is a wooden tray with a sliding plastic lid, which Georgie can slide in and out herself. Inside the box is a plastic sorting tray full of wooden beads in a riot of colours, including 8 wooden butterflies. You get 5 coloured laces to make your creations with, and we have been making things, then taking them apart to make them differently instead.
The butterflies are only decorated on one side, but the patterned beads are decorated all over. The cords are a good length, allowing you to create necklaces, decorative beading masterpieces, and whatever else takes your fancy.
Georgie is very into making necklaces so we have made a lot of those. One thing that would be a nice addition to the set would be the inclusion of a couple of safety clasps to tie on the ends of the necklaces. We used a bead on one end of the string and a knotted a loop in the other to create makeshift clasps, but they weren’t as safe as proper safety release connectors would be. It is a kit for 3 years & over though, and so long as you are enjoying supervised play with your finished creations then it’s not a huge deal.
I love the variety of colours in this set. It’s so nice to have a toy with blue, red and yellow in, alongside pinks and purples. The cords are all different bright colours too which makes your finished creation very cheerful. The beads are all different shapes too, and some of them are patterned which gives you a great selection to create with.
We have really enjoyed playing and creating with this set, and the box is brilliant to keep it all neat & tidy when you have finished, which is important in households like ours where smaller toys need to be kept out of reach of an inquisitive toddler like Lydia! Georgie and I have had some lovely quiet afternoons making and dismantling and making again.
The beading process is brilliant for improving dexterity and hand-eye co-ordination. Georgie is very independent so she loves to do things like this all on her own with as little help as possible, and the beads are the perfect size for her little fingers to hold and manipulate. The holes in the beads are a good size too.
We give this set 4 stars, we have had a lot of fun with it and made some marvellous creations!