I remember Hama Beads from when I was very young - you have a peg board, lay out beads to make some kind of pattern or picture, and iron them through a piece of greaseproof paper to make them melt and stick together.
Looking at their website, they now make huge beads (for younger children) and tiny ones (for adults who want to make higher-resolution images). With the Brownies, we always use the regular 'midi' size, which are also the ones I remember from my childhood.
While the girls were making their pictures, I decided to play with the idea of Hama Beads as Christmas decoration. I grabbed some festive red and green, and a star-shaped board, with fairly predictable results. I think it just needs a gold ribbon and it can go on the tree. If you were to do this with your children and restrict them to festive colours (I think sparkly colours like gold and silver are also available, for added excitement) then you'd struggle not to end up with something cute and seasonal.
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