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Kids will love making these melty bead magnets – all with a fun summer theme!

Disclosure: I was provided with this craft kit from Horizon Group USA free of charge in exchange for my fair and honest review. Please see my disclosure policy. This post also contains affiliate links, which means that at no extra cost to you I can make a tiny bit of money to help support this blog. Thank you!

Here at Craftulate we’ve loved Perler beads for a long time – you can see all our previous projects HERE (including photo frames, keychains, ornaments and more!). So both my son and I were really excited to try out the Horizon Group’s own version! They sent us two kits to try: the Variety Pack of Melty Beads and the Ultimate Melty Beads Value Pack – both contain 8500 beads each!

We really loved the color combinations that they included – my favorite was the “earth” pack shown bottom right in the above photo. When we first got the beads we did try out some of their suggested designs, but when F finished school for the summer, he decided to make a cool sun design.

He made it on the star-shaped peg board, but is definitely meant to be a sun!

He didn’t complete it all on one go, but kept coming back to it. We talked about other designs we could make, and decided to make a watermelon, beach ball and ice cream. The site I used to use for making bead designs on seems not to be working, so I’m afraid I can’t provide templates this time. So you could either go “freehand” and make it up as you go, or print out some simple clip art pictures for inspiration (which is what we did).

By the end of the day we’d completed both the sun and watermelon.

The next day we make the beach ball and ice cream. The beach ball was rather tricky to get started, so I did the color outlines and F filled it in.

F loved the sprinkles on the top of the ice cream cone!!!!

When the four designs were completed – I carefully ironed them using the special paper provided. Note: This is a task for an adult.

Then I used a hot glue gun to add the magnets onto the back of each melty bead shape.

And the melty bead magnets were finished!

You can buy a wide range of Melty Bead products (and also the magnets!) at Walmart in their craft aisle, or check the Horizon Group USA site for stockists! 

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This handprint flower art is a wonderful activity for kids to try – on their own!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lava® Soap. All opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy.

This handprint flower art activity didn’t happen the way that I intended. Because actually, I didn’t plan it at all. It all originated from my son, who one day started painting his hand – even before he had got any paper.

I managed to halt his enthusiasm, and with his half-painted hand asked what he wanted to make. He said he needed a large piece of paper. I cut one from a paper roll and taped it to the table. I don’t mind confessing, I immediately felt safer – but I removed all chairs from the surrounding area just in case.

Because this is the point. I didn’t plan an art activity, my son did. He launched in with a messy one – and I had to suppress my fear of painty handprints all over my house and turn it into something positive as quickly as I could.

Even with the paper, he had no clear idea of what he wanted to make. He could have made some crazy messy process art, just for the fun of it, but then he recalled a kindergarten art project from last year and decided to make a handprint flower.

He pressed his hand onto the paper, and then rotated it to make different prints, with his fingers acting as petals.

He didn’t always get enough paint on his fingers, so had to go back and redo some.

Naturally his hands were covered in paint by the time he finished, and he wanted to clean them before adding a stem and other details to his picture.  Lava® Soap to the rescue!

If you’re not familiar with it, Lava Soap is so-named because it contains tiny granules of pumice, which act as a mild abrasive when cleaning. Perfect for painty hands!!!

After his hands were clean, he used a foam brush to add the stem and leaves, and after the orange paint had dried, he dipped his finger into some yellow paint to make the stamen detail in the center of the flower.

I’ll be the first to admit, it isn’t a stunning painting for a 7-year-old. BUT. The important part is that I allowed his creativity to flow and this was the result. He’s very proud that it was all his own idea to do this project – and I’m glad we didn’t make a huge mess in the process!

Lava Soap can be found in many retailers, including Walmart! You can also follow Lava Soap on Facebook or YouTube.

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