At long last, I’ve finally found a use for my iron. When I found its location and dusted it off, Jensen eyed it with suspicion, “What’s that?”
“That is what women have been a slave to for many generations, my son.”
Okay, I just thought it.
When Cailey was younger, we were perusing a thrift store, and she spotted an ironing board. “Look mom, a surf board!”
“Why yes, indeed it is.”
To say that I don’t iron would be a gross understatement. And one that my husband and his dress shirts would attest to.
My SIL, Trish, turned me on to a craft which requires the use of an iron, but that is guaranteed to keep the children busy FOR HOURS.
Oh sure, they learn good eye-hand-coordination and creative expression, blah, blah, blah.
AND IT KEEPS THEM BUSY FOR HOURS. That’s all I need to see on the packaging.
This craft is called Fun Fusion Beads (or Perler Beads). I got mine at Wal•Mart, but I’m sure that other craft stores carry them. This is a bead kit, with a plastic peg board which holds the beads in place. After the child finishes placing the beads on the board to create the desired picture, the mom then covers the masterpiece with wax paper, and gently irons it until the beads fuse, and can be removed from the form.
Be sure and buy the kit that has the larger clear plastic form, so that the templates can be placed underneath, and the child can see where to place the colored beads to craft the desired picture.
You can also go to Perlerbeads.com to print out more templates and see what all they have to offer.
These are tiny tiny beads, so the child should be at least 3 years of age. In my opinion, age 5 or older is more appropriate.
I know this because the 4 year boy who resides in my house came up to me one day after his older sisters were working with their fusion beads.
He sounded a little snuffly, although he didn’t have a cold. “Bom, I can’t bweathe.” I looked in his nose, and sure enough, he had stuffed a fusion bead up there.
I tried to get it out to no avail. In haste I went for the tweezers. And told him under NO CIRCUMSTANCES was he to sniff.
Before I could return with tweezers in hand, I heard Cailey call out, “Mom, don’t worry, I got it out!”
I have no idea how she was able to accomplish this, when I could not. Other than she and her brother are twins, born 3 years apart. They understand each other. I cannot even begin to figure out either one of them.
I spied the bead in Cailey’s hand, as she and her brother were examining it. I asked him, “Dude, why did you stick a fusion bead up your nose?”
He answered, “Because I thought it was a booger.”
In his defense, it was the color green.
When his father learned of the incident, he had nothing to say. It is a well known family factoid that a youthful Fiddledaddy ended up in the doctor’s office with a moth ball stuck in his hear.
Still, this is a craft that I highly recommend. And happily, the beads are made using a food-grade plastic, so there are no harmful chemicals. The beads are manufactured in California of materials obtained entirely in the United States. Take that China and all your poison toys.
One last bonus, it’s a nice workout for my long neglected iron. AND DID I MENTION THAT IT KEEPS THE CHILDREN BUSY FOR HOURS!
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