Recently I set my boys the task of making this colourful melted bead bowl. Usually they bicker and fight when being set a task together, but I found this activity in particular forced them to work together, with them being more focused on using their fine motor skills, they were distracted from upsetting one another.
This is the type of activity I would normally recommend doing on a day when the kids can also play outside whilst the bowl is cooking in the oven, the smell of the plastic beads heating is very strong, so I prefer to send them outside during that time.
How to Make a Bead Bowl
What you will need
1 Oven proof glass bowl
Spray on oil
Plastic craft beads
How to Prepare
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
Spray the inside of the bowl with oil, or alternatively wipe the inside with an oiled piece of cloth or paper towel. The oil is necessary to help the beads stick to the sides of the bowl.
Pour the beads into the centre of the bowl, then swirl the contents around to get good coverage on the bottom, before pushing down on the remaining beads which are stacked on top of one another, this will force the others up the sides of the bowl. Use any remaining beads to build up the sides of the walls until the desired height is reached.
How to Cook
Carefully place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes of cooking, check on the bowl to see if the beads have begun to mesh together, remove from the oven if they have and allow to cool. Depending on the size of the bowl and how it retains heat, up to a further 15 minutes may be required before the desired effect may take place.
Once the bowl has cooled completely, remove the beaded bowl which should slip out easily, aided by the oil.