Hama Beads

While Talitha napped (!) one day, I fancied doing something fun with the time instead of stealing an opportunity to wash dishes/hoover/do a million other things I probably should be doing. So I got out a set of Hama Beads sent to me by CraftMerrily.

Creating with Hama Beads involves following a pattern by placing beads on a board. In this case, the beads were so tiny I used a pair of tweezers to place the beads. It’s kind of like cross stitch, without the stress of having to rip thread out if you make a mistake – which I did.

Of course you’ve also got to be careful not to tip over the design or you’ll have to start again, which I also did. Thank you, pussycat.

I think the fact that I even contemplated doing this shows that at almost five months, life with the baby is beginning to settle. Kind of. At the very least, I’m regaining enough mental space to count and tell colours apart – not skills to be sniffed at.

This is what I got done in the first sleep cycle:

The next sleep cycle was a bit more productive:

By now I was gathering speed having gotten well into it and obsessively trying to finish it. So a stint in the baby gym and the first cycle of a second nap later:

Sadly, that was all the napping we were going to get done that day so I finished the rest after she went to bed for the night.

A bit of ironing and le voila!

This is Laurence’s hand. I do not have man hands. I think.

Hama Beads are addictive. Now that I’ve done one design I can’t wait to try more. I’m even thinking of getting evangelistic and buying a set for my mum so she can give it a go.

As for the bee – I want to do something with it in Talitha’s room. Maybe it’ll be a part of the alphabet we’re making for her. “I” is for insect? Is that too tenuous? “B” is already taken.

This is not a paid post but CraftMerrily did send me a set of Hama Beads for review. Obviously, I’m not anything if not honest.


  1. Anonymous
    November 9, 2011 / 11:48 pm

    Aww that’s too cute. Also really love the idea of an alphabet for her wall. If the bee doesn’t find a suitable space (I see where you’re coming from with your little insect dilemma), you could always try and build a mobile and add some flowers and a butterfly x

    PS: I love T.’s little outfit in the last of her pictures. Adorable!

    • November 10, 2011 / 12:04 am

      I’m liking the mobile idea! The kit has some other figures that would suit it too.

      Her dungarees are Osh Kosh B’gosh. I love love love their clothes!

  2. Mum2babyinsomniac
    November 10, 2011 / 3:44 pm

    I can remember these from when I was a little girl! They are do much fun, can’t wait till Iyla is a bit older and I can do them with her! X

    • November 11, 2011 / 4:11 pm

      I’m so looking forward to doing these with Talitha too! There is just so much a child can learn from them: colours, counting, persistence, pattern-following, dexterity… 

  3. November 10, 2011 / 8:21 pm

    We have the maxi beads for Bigger and they are fab – I love playing with them (and obviously they are a heap easier than the teeny ones) – love it!

    Are you thinking perhaps an animal mobile for her room?

    • November 11, 2011 / 4:12 pm

      There are so much fun, aren’t they? I think it will be a mobile actually. I might look to see what other patterns they’ve got going and get some more kits.

  4. Annalisa
    November 11, 2011 / 8:14 pm

    These are awesome, my friends son made me two at school and I have been looking for them myself! I knew that they weren’t just for kids, as I was told! Humph! *love love love*

  5. November 13, 2011 / 10:29 pm

    Ahh great idea!  I haven’t used hama beads since I was younger, but it’s a great little crafty activity and one I think even I could manage! 

    • November 13, 2011 / 11:19 pm

      I think that was key for me trying them – they seemed manageable!

  6. Sampride1
    January 8, 2012 / 10:13 am

    i love hama beads they are the best thing in the univurse

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