Fusion beads (or Perler Beads) are one of our classrooms favorite projects. It is a bead kid with plastic peg boards that holds beads in place. When the beads are placed on the board and the children are done with them they are able to be ironed (fused together) and kept as 3-D art projects.The beads are small, so they are great fine motor work, and they are colorful which can lead to experiments in patterning. Children use their creativity to not only pattern but create their own unique and detailed masterpieces. For instance, when placed correctly, the pegs in a star board can make a flower (bottom left) and with use of imagination projects become alive. The top picture is the beginning stage of a helicopter a child worked on for three days!
Main Focus Areas: fine motor skills, color matching, pattern exploration, social skills (sharing and helping each other with their projects), concentration and creative expression!