I don't know if you caught us a last month using the Gel-A-Peel set to make a lovely set of mothers Day cards find the link here. After that we were asked to trial something else with in the same set and we were sent the Gel-A-Peel bead station set.
Thankfully Ami and Son Son had used Gel-A-Peel before so were ready to have a try at making some bracelet beads and because they had used it before they were ever so excited. Ami is at the age where she is in love with any colourful piece of jewellery so it was right u her street. The Gel-A-Peel works with a squishy gel that looks a lot like glitter glue but can be used to make any kind of pattern. The Gel dries and forms a rubber like substance. Which makes it perfect to be made into jewellery.
Ami and Son Son had a good go and even though our results were not anything like that on the box they had such fun making the beads. The box contains Sparkle Bead Station with drying rack, 26 design templates, six 3D beading design rods (5 bead rods and 1 pencil rod), a ring tool, four designer tips (round and rake), plastic cording in two colours (for threading the beads onto for necklaces), 2 jump rings, 2 earring hooks and three tubes of gel in pink, blue and turquoise. Ami loved the purple and Son Son the green.
The set contains a information sheet with inspiration to create wonderful beads although I did attempt one and didn't do the best job so I just did what Am and sonny did and just enjoyed being creative. The tubes are east to use and not to hard for smaller children to get the hang off. There is other things you can make with this set including ear rings but we stuck with the simple side with Ami and Son Son being only 3 and 4. We waiting a fee days for the designs to dry not all were successful but we had enough for one bracelet so Ami was pleased.
Gel-a-Peel comes in lots of colours, including neon, pastel and glow-in-the-dark. It is recommended for children aged 8 and over but we tried with 4 and 3 year old and they really enjoyed it. It might be a bit expensive for a simple craft but if you want them to learn some fine motor skills and a bit of patience its perfect for them. Also when they are smaller they need a tad more help meaning you can have a good go without an excuse.
This set retails at £24.99 and will bet available in most toy shops.