My kids had a blast with Zirrly Super Beads . I’m so glad we get to review it! With the winter weather keeping us indoors, fun crafts were a major blessing. We got the Mega Pack of Super Beads from Zirrly and it was more than enough for my three kids to share and make multiple projects. We still have a bunch left and they made multiple projects each.
My kids were 5, 7, and 10 when we got this and first tried it out. All three of my kids were easily able to complete their projects on their own. I had to help my 5-year-old a bit with the whole concept of it and with removing her project from the plastic grid.
The Super Beads are different from other plastic beads because you don’t need to iron them to get them to stick together. They actually stick together when you squirt them with water. Our Mega Pack came with two tiny spray bottles to fill with water. When you’re done with your project, you spray it, let it dry, remove it from the plastic grid with a special tool that was included in our Mega Pack, then spray the other side of your project with a bit of water. I loooooved that there was no ironing involved. First, I don’t want to have to get the iron out just for that. And, I have a fairly nice iron that I use when I am sewing and I don’t care to use it to melt plastic. So, when I saw that Super Beads stick with just water I was like, “YES!”
How well did they stick together? Pretty well, in fact. My kids usually had to respray a tiny part of their projects after pulling them off the grid. My 10 year old tried to do some Chinese characters on his own but his first design didn’t use enough beads to hold the whole thing together (he had some very thin “strokes” in the Chinese characters), so he reinforced his first project by adding in a white background and a border and that solved the issue. The projects have been played with and none of them have fallen apart. They are working really well.
After my kids did their first projects I let them tell me how they liked Zirrly Super Beads . You can watch their little video below. Spoiler alert: They give it a 10 out of 10 and they want to make more projects.
You can see the reinforced Chinese characters on the bottom. It was a great way to incorporate some foreign language study into craft time, even if some of the characters turned out to be a little hard to read.
Zirrly has a lot of different project kits that you can order, to make a lot of different types of designs. There were some 3D designs that looked really cool, but I was hesitant to try those out when my kids had not ever used these types of beads before. My kids saw the designs and they want to try them out next.
This is one of the 3D packages:
My kids are sooooo happy they got this craft.