Do you know that feeling of constantly being amazed how kids seem to outgrow toys and clothes faster than you can sort them out? I've been trying to take stock of our crafts supplies and remembered these melty-beads my mom gave my daughter when she was in preschool (ages ago!). My youngest has been kind of restless lately - rainy summer days are no fun for little boys who want to be outside. So I got out the beads and hoping that perhaps we could use them up, he reluctantly started making colorful little mosaics.
Then he got obsessed. His older sister joined in and likewise got mesmerized.
(Did I mention that I am also getting a bit addicted?)
My son now comes home from school and goes straight to the table of melty-beads and quietly starts working. (This is not usually a quiet child). With supervision he is very proud that he is allowed to iron. It seems to have a very relaxing, maybe even mediative effect. The colors remind me of stained glass if you hang them in the window.There are many more that I did not even get in the photos here! Now we've almost used them up - but I think we're going to have to go back for more!