Hammer Beads.

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I have to confess that until 2 weeks ago, I had never heard of hammer beads, but on a visit to IKEA, the boys saw them and told me about how some kids at school had been using them.    It sounded interesting.   We bought the tub of beads and the boards to do it on.    
Today we finally got around to opening it, and while extremely fiddley – especially for my fat fingers, it is really rewarding.
The boys worked really hard and were very patient despite them flipping off at every opportunity.     I was getting rather frustrated with them, so how they kept their cool is beyond me.      
They made banners of their names which went straight up to go on their beds.     The patterns are now on ribbons as necklaces, and the minions are waiting for magnets to be attached for going on the fridge.
We made loads of patterns and still hardly any of the beads seem to have been used from the tub.
The boys were very good while I ironed them to set them, but were a little impatient when it came to touching them while still hot.
They are a great thing to do.      I think we will be thinking about more things we can make that have simple colour and shape outlines, such as the minions.

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