Planets With Perler Beads – Earth

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This is yet another Perler beads activity that we did recently.  I plan to make all planets in our solar system and add them here soon.

When I first introduced Perler beads to her, my daughter was around 5. She liked this activity for a while but got frustrated with it as her fingers kept knocking out the beads that she had already placed on the peg board. She is older now and has started enjoying this craft.

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She has always loved reading about animals. She is not much into fiction so I try to think of activities that are inline with her interests. Recently she has also been showing interest in reading about astronomy and about countries (especially after we got arrested for driving accidentally into Canada without passports) on our way to see the Niagara falls. Thank you very much phone map apps. :mrgreen:

Uh-ho! Too late. No turning back. Cars have queued up behind us.

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Abigail and I thought that this was an amusing adventure but daddy clearly disagreed with us 🙂 .

He was relieved only when the immigration officer walked with us out of the building to show us where we should take the U-turn.

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If it is any consolation, when I asked how many folks strayed into Canada everyday, the immigration officer replied “Too many to keep track. Thanks to phone directions” . Haha!

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Bye bye Canada! Next time, we will try to enter your border legally. 🙂

After this incident, she has shown a lot of curiosity to know about countries and their laws. So whenever we talk about future vacation plans, she starts asking about paper work needed and whether there are any countries nearby. LOL! Law abiding citizen that he is, daddy does not think it is funny when we point to neighboring countries and request him not to try to smuggle us illegally into them. 😈

Coming back to perler beads ….. This is an easy to make ‘show and tell’ science project for school. Are you looking for some talking points for Earth day’s ‘show and tell’ project? Kay has written an informative article about Earth. She has written many other articles about space. If you have a budding astronaut at home, do check out her articles.

Perler beads are available at craft stores and Ikea.

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We started with some sorting activity.

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Arranging the beads.

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We finished the continents first and then did the Earth’s circumference.

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Now all we have to do is add the oceans.

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In huge projects, it is a good idea to add two beads at a time. It was a nice finger exercise for her trying to pick up two at a time and place them on the pegs.

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Perler beads Earth is ready.

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We have to fuse the beads now.

Detailed instructions can be found here. (Tutorial shows how you can make a 3D penguin with perler beads).

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Peel the fused beads.

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All done.

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Back side will look like this.

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Perler beads Earth

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perler beads - planet earth - astronomy and geography for kids
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