This is a review post. I received this item in exchange for my honest review. Below you will find just that, my honest review.
Getting crafty doesn’t always mean pulling out the paints and making a mess. Sometimes getting crafty can mean pulling out the Super Beads from Zirrly. We had had the chance to try their Mega Pack for this review.
What Is It
The Zirrly Mega Pack of Super Beads is just that, a super pack of beads that allow you to make what you want. There are 4,500 beads of multiple colors in this pack. However, there were fewer black and orange beads, and they were separated from the rest of the beads. We also found 4 puzzle trays, 2 spray bottles, 4 instruction manuals, 20 pattern cards and 1 plastic tool.
While there are 20 pattern cards, there are only 4 different images with 5 copies of each. This was a slight disappointment for my children, but when I told them they could make their own patterns, their minds went into to overdrive, so I wasn’t that worried about the pattern cards.
Zirrly Super Beads are like the beads that I grew up with, the only difference is that there is no need for a hot iron to seal them together. All that is needed for these beads to form together is water! This is what caught my eye, as I really don’t like pulling out a hot iron when my kids want to get creative.
How We Used It
The day we got our Super Beads, we had to get going on our creativity right away! I handed out the instruction card to the three kids who were ready to use these fun beads. I read the instructions out loud and told the kids to get to work. Baby Girl decided that she was going to follow a pattern, while Ray Ray and Little Miss wanted to branch off and make their own designs.
The first thing I noticed was that we were not paying attention to the fact that the beads have to be applied to the tray in a certain way. This detail was given to us, but I forgot to pay attention to it in the excitement that we were in with being able to start using the beads! Once I remembered this, we had no issue placing the beads on the trays to make our designs.
After we had placed all the beads were we wanted them, it was time to stick them together. This is the point where I would have an anxiety attack about a hot iron with antsy kids, but I didn’t have to worry about that. With the Super Beads from Zirrly, all I had to do was to fill two small spray bottles with water and let the kids spray their creations instead. While they were not ready instantly, we had to wait about 60 minutes or more depending on the amount of water sprayed on the patterns, I did not have to worry about any child getting burned on a hot iron. Along with this, I could also allow the kids to create on their own without too much supervision from me.
What We Thought
The kids love Zirrly Super Beads! They will do this all day every day if I let them. Once we realized how to place the beads on the tray, we had no issues. While the recommendation was to allow 60 minutes of dry time, my kids used a little more water, and therefore we let them sit overnight before we touched them again. This was torture for the kids, but it worked out knowing that they wouldn’t fall apart in the removal process.
We did find it a little tough to make sure we had the right side of the bead up, and my big fingers did not like tiny beads, but using tweezers worked wonders! The kids had so much fun that these little things were quickly forgotten when I looked at their smiles and listened to their laughter. The kids had so much fun each time they pulled these fun Super Beads from Zirrly out and had the chance to get creative!