We are gearing up for summer break and that means having kid friendly activities on hand that the kids can easily access and indulge in. For our kids, beading is a favorite past time. From creating bracelets and necklaces to designing new perler bead creations (I have a love/hate relationship with perler beads right now…maybe some day I’ll tell you about it). The kids are thrilled to bead and I am thrilled that they are thrilled. 🙂
I also was getting anxiety knowing how many hundreds of beads were floating around on the bottom of the tub…some things are just inevitable and all I could picture was one of the kids tripping during transport.
I decided to sort through the beads a little. I went with separating out the bracelet beads from the perler beads and calling it good…simple. (If this was my craft space I would separate everything by color but with small children at home I know that that endeavor is pointless.
I shopped the house and found some containers that weren’t being used. These ended up working out great because they all have screw top or clasp lids. That way they are still kid friendly but they won’t spill all over the main transport tub. (I found some red felt pieces at Walmart a while back that work great for having kids bead on top of tables.)
One of the containers I found were some plastic Ball storage jars to put the extra perler beads in. Without knowing it I filled five jars and the kids all thought that I had done it on purpose so they could each have one. It worked out great because they could all have their own cup close by while getting creative (however, one may or may not have spilled all over the dining room floor.)
Now the tub is somewhat more put together and ready for a full summer. The only thing left is to restock the bracelet string…an item on my shopping list as we speak!
Are your kids into beading? Have you found a simple and easy way to store them?