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Aquabeads Jewel Ring Set

Aquabeads Jewel Ring Set

Fall 2014 Toys
Ages: 6 & Up
Price: $14.95

The Aquabeads Jewel Ring kit requires neither heat nor glue. Instead the beads are activated to adhere to one another by a few sprays of water. The kit includes over 500 jewel beads, eight design templates, six interchangeable rings, a spray bottle, bead case, curved layout tray, bead pen and instructions.

Our nine year old first used the suggested template to create a butterfly, while freely ignoring the color coded suggestions in order to create her own final design. Her seven year old sister, decided to speed up drying time between rings and commandeered a large portable fan from my office. This actually worked and the girls spent the next 90 minutes creating rings for themselves and their friends. And yes, they've asked for more ring bases and beads.

Parents need to know that the beads are small and round and easily dispersed across the floor by an errant palm or knee. It would be great to have a storage top for the sorting case and a shield for the layout tray to protect a design in progress. But all in all, this is a well-priced and fun activity.

Andrea Sheehan   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Andrea Sheehan is a former teacher and Mom to four, currently working to successfully blend games, teaching, and technology with her startup, Outthink Inc.

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International Playthings, Inc.

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