The Princess’ eyes lit up as soon as she saw what she had
been sent to try out from DKL Toys….
She loves Hama Beads and they are by far the most organised
thing in her bedroom, all kept neatly in colour coordinated pots!But she had been running low on a few of the
colours recently and also running low on inspiration for what to do with them
next, so she was over the moon when she received the Puppet Theatre set.
Included in the set are pictures of each design to copy,
enough Hama Beads to make each design, one board to make them on, the sticks
and sticky pads to make the designs into puppets and a stage made from
card.The Princess found the designs
fairly easy to follow, she went wrong a couple of times but it’s so easy just
to remove the beads and correct the mistake while they are still on the board.
I asked her to write down what she thought about the
set.Usually if I ask her to do this she
will write down a few lines and then run out of things to say.This time she used up a whole sheet of A4
paper, which shows how interested she was!So, here are a few of her thoughts:
“The instructions are good because we get to choose a
picture and it shows us the back and the front and where to put the beads”
“I like the sticks to make it easier to hold the puppets”
“I’m glad there is a board because we can connect it to
another to make a bigger board”
“I like how the clown has got a happy face and we turn him
over and he’s got a sad face, so we can tell different stories”
“My favourite part is the stage because we can play with it
but I didn’t really like cutting it out because it was tiring and hard to cut!”
“Everything we need is in the box apart from the scissors”
She made the first two puppets completely by herself (apart
from the ironing bit) and even changed the skirt slightly on the Princess
puppet.She still has two of the designs
left to make and also wants to try making some of her own puppet designs
afterwards.The puppets are quite time
consuming but enjoyable and it’s not something she gets easily bored of.
I’d definitely recommend this set if your child has already
used a basic Hama Beads kit and wants to move on to something a bit more
challenging.It is currently available
to buy from CraftMerrily at £13.95.