I was confused when my son came home with this toy yesterday. Being a truck and car mad five year old, I was not expecting him to return home after choosing this toy with his aunt. But unbeknowns to me, this bindeez toy is the 'in thing' at the moment. My daughter seemed to be more excited with her brothers choice of toy than he was! Which in turn led to a thoroughly rare and blissful afternoon of them playing together with no quarreling. That alone makes this toy worthy of five glowing stars.
So what is Bindeez? I hear you ask. Unless of course you are more hip and happening than I am, and indeed know the latest child crazes. Basically Bindeez is a very creative toy which allows yor child to create designs using beads which are placed onto a tray. The beads are then sprayed with water and left to set. Once set the bead design can then be peeled off as a complete and solid beaded object.
There are 500 beads included in this starter pack. I was very impressed with the variety of colours and the general quantity of the beads. Plenty enough to make a great variety of designs. The beads are quite small in size which can indeed prove to be quite difficult to grip. This is why the patented pen which is included in this pack is a useful tool to have when using this toy. The pen is large and easy to grip which aids younger children in accurately placing the beads.
What I found to be very beneficial within this toy, was the templates which were included. These can be copied by children and this allows them to make grander and more elaborate designs. However, I do much prefer the toy when the children are using their own imaginations to create designs.
What I found most irritating about this toy is that you have to wait between 10 to 15 minutes for the beads to set, before you can peel it away from the tray. My ten year old daughter had no problems with waiting. But my five year old son was most put out and got very impatient with having to wait this length of time to observe the outcome of his handy work. I must say, I do think ten minutes is quite a long time to expect small children to wait. I really feel that this waiting time really let the fun element of this toy down.
I was most impressed with the packaging of this toy. It is small and compact, but has a very useful and easy to open box in which the beads can be placed safely when packing away. As a mum to a particularly messy five year old. I can't begin to tell you the usefulness of the storing bead box. As im sure if this wasnt included, I would have had the misfortune of standing on a few misplaced beads by now!!
The main thing that I like about this toy, is the fact that it offers entertainment to both my children. This is very unusual as they have differing tastes. But this toy, allowed them to interact and enjoy some craft time together. I feel the beauty of this toy is that it can be used in as simplistic or complicated manner as desired. So an older child can still be challenged by making much more complex designs.
I certainly can see the appeal of this toy. I am not suprised that it is proving to be so popular with children. However, I do feel that the ten minutes, waiting for the design to set, slightly spoils the fun.
I am going to award this toy with 5 stars. Simply for the brilliant creative opportunity it offers.
An absolutely amazing toy for our children. Can keep kids entertained for hours - our 6 year old loves it because he can make something constructive and he loves using the dispenser pen. Our 4 year old also enjoys it as he can make his own patterns. The kids enjoying spraying the water at the end of the activity before waiting for it to dry.
It's great because there are pre-set patterns and colours or you can design your own. It is a fun educational activity as there are a few tasks involved to produce the final product. The endr esult produces small 3D figures which an be displayed on a small holder that is included with the pack.
The pieces come in the form of small little balls, so care needs to be taken with young children so they do not swallow the pieces.
This activity can be enjoyed by children both young and old!
This product is a Number 1. Hit with the my kids (ages 6-12). It keeps them entertained for hours. The 12 year old especially loves the making her sisters and friends names out of the beads.
I can make some suggestions for others as my children and I have become experts on the product since we play every day.
HOW TO SPRAY
To spray the beads you should hold the spray bottle approx 4 inches away from your design.
Spray the design until there is small amount of water inbetween each bead - approx 4 -5 times.
To test if the beads are dry try touching the top of the beads to see if they are still sticky. Remove the beads from the tray once beads are dry.
* To make sure the beads do not fall apart we also spray the back of the design and wait for them to dry. This gives us designs that are always stuck together.
* I would not recommend pulling the beads apart and putting into the pen as this is when the beads get jammed in the pen.
GOOD LUCK and keep persisting as there is unlimited fun with Bindeez
These were one of the must have items on the list when Little Miss celebrated her last birthday. Being willing to oblige, but not wanting to buy a HUGE pack of something she would use once and then discard, I settled for the starter pack.
~~What is it?~~
Basically, this is a set of magic2 beads which join together and set with a spray of water. Unlike some similar beads, there is no need to iron to achieve results; the water seems to do that.
~~What do I get?~~
Inside the rather flimsy box, which is not at all suitable for this type of equipment, I get: 6 template designs, (including dog, ice cream), 2 trays, Bindeez spray, a 4 colour pen, 500 Bindeez (the beads), 2 display stands and an instruction leaflet.
~~How do I use it?~~
Open the box, and everything is neatly packed into a plastic tray. At this stage, I so know that any beads which are not used immediately will be lost, because the cardboard box closes with just one of those tuck in flaps, which means that its probably handy to have a plastic tub ready to put any spare beads in.
Its quite tricky to use at first, but once mastered, is simple enough. The instruction leaflet has writing and illustrations, but young children will need it explaining.
The chunky pen has a funnel and inside the pen are 4 separate tubes, which have to be filled with beads. Its useful to show children how to get the same colour beads in one each tube so that when they are designing their masterpiece they can get the colour of choice.
Once the pen is filled, its all systems go, and designs can be designed! The two trays are slightly different in that one is a vertical tray and one a diagonal tray. This isnt as complex as it sounds, because the symbols on the template designs clearly show which tray should be used, and when the template is placed under the tray, it becomes obvious if its the incorrect tray because the beads cant be clearly seen.
So, armed with a tray, which has little circular grooves all over, place the design of choice under the tray, and using the pen, press the small button on the side to eject the bead of choice onto the template. Any errors of choice can be removed using the small bead removal tool which is on top of the pen.
Once happy with the design, it should be sprayed evenly with water and left for 10 minutes before it is removed. We have found that the design is even stronger if both sides are sprayed.
Although there are templates, children can feel free to make their own designs, and we have found that its quite gratifying to make large designs which can then be used as coasters we like the idea of putting the masterpieces to good use!
~~Price and Availability~~
I bought the starter pack from Toys R Us and costing under £10, think its relatively good value, because there is lots of creative amusement in the pack.
Refill packs can also be bought, in boxes of 750 beads and include neon and glow in the dark. If its a hit, then more beads can be purchased, so the pen and other bits dont go to waste and get relegated to the cupboard.
~~What we think of it~~
Given that I thought this would be a flash in the pan must have, it has proved to be a popular buy. Very often, things are advertised on the television, and they become the most needed thing on the planet, and then end up used once and discarded.
This however, has proved to be one of those activity sets which Little Miss has used on several occasions, and we have bought refill packs because her friends tend to enjoy making things to take home. The beads once sprayed with water and hardened are flat and joined together so they really do appear to be quite magic. They can be used as small mats or displayed on the stands!
Once children have got the hang of the activity, they will enjoy designing their own bead creations, and the templates will become a thing of the past- there are only so many times they will want to make the same thing. Thats great, because as long as there are beads to spray, they can have a go and be creative.
It is quite fiddly, and although the box says that its for age 4+, I would think nearer about 6 years is better, because their fine motor skills are more well developed to cope with getting the beads in the pen.
A nice creative activity which was worth the money.
Thanks for reading.
Website: www.character-online.co.uk. This will direct you to the Bindeez site.
If you love Bindeez then you should check out www.bindeez.com. You can make your own templates and heaps more! It is awesome!
My daughter plays with them and she spends hours creating new designs, creating 3D things and she gives them to her friends and family. They are fantastic, great product, I fully recommend them.
I would make sure you get your children to play with them in a tray or some other play area because the beads can tend to go everywhere if they are not carefull!
No heat, no glue, no mess. With the patented pen dispenser starter pack you can accurately place the beads onto the tray and copy the template. Starter set includes four barrel pen dispenser, 500 beads, spray bottle, 6 template designs, 2 trays, 2 display stands and an instruction booklet.