Green Creativity/ Recycled Paper BeadsSpring 2011 Toys
The Recycled Paper Beads kit is a set for turning paper strips into tightly wound beads that can be strung into jewelry. The toy includes a manual bead winder that can be mounted on a plastic bottle; the bottle then serves as a collection point for finished beads. Also included are colorful paper strips, glue, a glue dabber, and string. There is enough in the set to make dozens of beads, but any paper will do, and children will have fun trying different colors and cuts of paper to see the beads that result. The instructions were very clear and the beads turned out perfectly even the first time. The children exclaimed at the results and how they barely seemed to resemble paper; even my son, who has little interest in jewelry-making, enjoyed the process of winding and fastening the beads. The glue dabber did not hold up, as the foam end was inclined to fall off the handle, but fingers work just as well for applying the water-soluble glue. The jewelry that resulted was pretty and perfect for friends to exchange.