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Product: eZee Beads 3D Mini Scenes
Age Range: 5 years+
Manufacturer’s Description: The eZee Beads 3D Mini Scenes set lets you create charming 3D scenes using just beads and water – no ironing required! Comes with 4 pretty design cards to make, as well as some handy storage for your eZee Beads.
Review: This eZee Beads 3D Mini Scenes kit from John Adams is great fun and perfect for kids around Georgie’s age (6) to do independently. Unlike some other brands, there is no heat involved in sticking these beads together; instead you simply spray them with water and leave to dry, so it is a lot safer for the little ones (not to mention the big ones too – I’ve caught myself on my iron more than once!).
In this set, you get a bead storage pot, bead tray, water sprayer, 4 design cards, the instructions, plastic pegs, a plastic tool, and over 1200 beads. There are 11 different colours of beads; white, red, orange, yellow, dark green, light green, blue, purple, light pink, dark pink, and brown.
There are 5 designs to make with this kit; an owl & tree, ducks, rabbit, frog, and snail. Georgie chose to make the rabbit scene which is really cute – a little pink rabbit sitting on the grass, with some flowers.
The basic method is that you slip the instruction sheet underneath the clear plastic bead tray, into the slots that keep it in place. Then you follow the design and place your beads onto the tray, before spraying them with water. Once they have dried (which takes at least 30 minutes), you can remove them from the tray and assemble them into the 3D shape. To make the flower stems, you use the plastic pegs and thread the beads on, spray them, then push them together. Very neat!
The kit comes with a plastic tool which is really handy; one end is for picking up dry beads if you’ve accidentally put them in the wrong place, and the other end helps you ease the dried design out from the tray.
We found putting the finish 3D design together quite simple, you just have to ease the flat sections into place without forcing them. The bunny stands up really well and it looks great.
The instructions are really clear and helpful, which isn’t always the case with kids craft sets.
Georgie and I both enjoyed doing this together, and I love that she can tackle the whole process on her own quite easily too. Lydia is looking forward to having a go as well!
We give the eZee Beads 3D Mini Scenes 5 stars. John Adams have just brought out a refill pack of beads too, which are great value, so you can keep creating and having fun even when you’ve worked your way through the kit.