This is an excellent craft for kids to improve fine motor skills and concentration.
Perler beads can be arranged in any shape or pattern on a pegboard.
When heat is applied on them, the beads stick together.
Peg boards come in a variety of shapes.
The beads can be placed in the pegboard with hands or tweezers.
Choose a design and place beads. There are design templates available online. Cross stitch patterns may also be used if interested especially if you want to do complex shapes.
Once the desired design is ready, place parchment paper or any paper that can withstand heat on top.
and iron the beads to fuse them
Remove the parchment paper while making sure all the beads come off the pegboard and are fuzed properly. Do this step carefully and if you find any bead that has not fused properly, gently place the parchment paper back and iron for a few seconds again over that area.
Once the fused beads are removed from the tray, I place heavy books to flatten it while the beads cool down
If this step is missed, there is a chance that the shape will curl when it cools down. If your shape gets curled, do not bend it or it will break. It has to be gently ironed again and then flattened. The pink arrow below points to the curling.
Now the shapes are all cooled down and ready to be removed from the parchment paper.
All the pieces came out well yay 😀
Now the pieces are ready to be assembled. Do this step also carefully or the pieces might bend or break.
The penguin is assembled and is standing upright without any support
Aerial view to show the 3D shape
Tail provides additional support.
We really enjoyed making this shape. Be careful when ironing the pieces because when you are busy ironing, you excited kid might get burnt. I did help my daughter finish some parts of it because for a 5 year old, it was a little difficult to assemble so many beads while following a pattern. But she thoroughly enjoyed it and was very proud of it.