Monday, 8 May 2017

Giveaway: eZee Beads and Pattern Ideas


When you were little did you play with those little coloured white beads which you had to place carefully on a white pin board before persuading your parents to iron them and preserve your pattern for eternity? I remember spending hours playing with them and my daughter has recently started enjoying creating with them too.

A box of eZee beads by John Adams showing the designs you can make in the Under The Sea set of a turtle, a dolphin, a seahorse and a fish


It's funny how you perceive things differently when you are a child to when you are an adult. Thinking back I just remember creating interesting designs. As an adult I value the time M spends quietly concentrating at the table, but I am less keen on picking up all the dropped beads and burning myself on the creation after it's been ironed. Fortunately there are a few products available now which allow you to fuse patterns together without the need for an iron. One of these is eZee Beads by John Adams.

EZee Beads look similar to hama beads and they are used in the same way, but when you are finished with the pattern you spray your beads with water then leave it to dry. Once dry the beads are all stuck together. This is brilliant as it avoids accidental burns by absent minded Mummies (I am largely talking about myself here as I always forget to leave them long enough before touching).  It removes the need to involve an adult at all as a child can use the water spray themselves. This has a further benefit, but lets keep it quiet: I might have once or twice knocked designs when taking them to be ironed, displacing a number of the beads and having to quickly reassemble it hopefully in the same design. I rather like that I don't have any responsibility with eZee Beads.

If you would like to try eZee Beads (or give them to a child to play with) I have a box to giveaway. The box is recommended for age 5+ and it contains designs for 4 "under the sea" patterns. You can enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.

 Giveaway closes midnight on 21st May 2017. UK entry only, normal T&C's apply and can be viewed via the widget. Thank you to John Adams for providing the giveaway prize.

You can also buy eZee Beads in all good toy shops or here on Amazon.

If you want a few more ideas for what you can create with eZee beads, Hama beads or anything similar then I have created a Pinterest board with pattern inspiration.




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82 comments

  1. Action men,no i have not

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  2. I loved Lego when I was younger and both my girls and boys love it now too!

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  3. i loves playing with cars, so do my boys & esp my little girl :)

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  4. I don't have any children but would love to win this prize for charity, to go to Romania.

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  5. Lego and playmobil - and our children still play with the ones we had!

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    1. I have a massive box of lego from when I was a child, I'm not brave enough to get all the little bricks out yet though

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  6. My puppy in my pockets, my son loves playing with them 🙂

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  7. I loved lego and yes I have :)

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  8. I loved fuzzy felt yes my daughters had fuzzy felts

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  9. I loved lego and still do when I'm playing with my nieces!

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  10. One of my favourite toys when I was little were Stickle Bricks, I bought some for my kids and they love them as much as I did.

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  11. I enjoyed playing with a farm yard my granddad made me. my children like playing with animals too.

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  12. mine was polly pockets and i have two boys so dont think they be too overjoyed if i brought them some lol x

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    1. They aren't the same any more either. I had lots of them, but now she is bigger and doesn't come in the same sort of sets

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  13. I was a real Tomboy when I was a little girl, loved playing with my brothers cars, car garage and lego. Only last year I bought my little girl a car garage and cars and she loves them! Who says they are for boys?!

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    1. I agree. Toys are toys, who says boys should get all the fun ones. I loved playing with my friends transformers when I was little, I thought they were much more fun than dolls

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  14. I loved Lego, and my children did too, as does my grandaughter

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  15. Monopoly was always are choice game

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  16. I loved my polly pockets and barbies!

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  17. I was quite a tomboy when i was a child, my favorite toy was my go-kart and my Winchester toy gun and no i havent introduced any of my children with guns, my day it was so different

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  18. lego has always been my favourtie and my daughter loves it too! i also liked playing with trains and cars but my daughter is far too girly and prefers her dolls !

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  19. Playmobil were my favourites. My niece is a bit too young for them at the moment but in time I will (I don't have children of my own)

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  20. Sindy dolls were my favourite

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  21. I loved Lego, drawing, and playing on my bike, and yes I have :) xx

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  22. i loved my knight rider car i did let my son play with it

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  23. My Lego was my best friend! X

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  24. My favourite toys when I was younger was Lego and Barbie and I have introduced them to my children.

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  25. my fave was a doll that my Gran brought me back from Spain, my boy is not into dolls.

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  26. I had a straw stuffed horse called Neddy. It rotted away.

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  27. Spirograph was mine

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  28. My Tiny Tears doll which my nephew doesn't appreciate, haha!

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  29. Pogs. I don't think my nephews and niece would enjoy them.

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  30. I loved my Simon says and I did get them a mini version and it kept them entertain for about 10 mins lol

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  31. I loved pogs but sadly I'm sure you can't buy them anymore xxx

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    1. Ahhhh, pogs. My friend and I would spend hours making our own!

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  32. I loved playing with Lego. I first introduced my son to DUPLO when he was two years old. Now at five he loves Lego and can build sets a few years above his age

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  33. i love my dolls and barbies. I really liked doing their hair x

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  34. My favourites were my knex building kits and my board games - I have shared these as I kept some and have also bought some of the retro board games I had a child for the family to play together

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  35. i loved my little ponies and now my daughter plays with them

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  36. I loved Screwball Scramble & my son loves playing on it too!

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  37. Loved a small dog, no didn't make it past my childhood

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  38. mr potato head...yes me son now has one too :D

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  39. Lego, and yes my children and grandchildren love Lego as well

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  40. I loved playing Rummikub and I play it with my sons

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  41. I loved my dolls house but my daughter is not at all interested!

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  42. I loved Polly Pocket, but my little one isn't born yet, so I haven't introduced them! EJ Dunn

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  43. I loved Etch a sketch and bought one for my firstborn to see what he thought and he loved it, it's been passed down!

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  44. I used to love slinkys, might have to get him 1!

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  45. I used to love to play with Barbie dolls. They have been lost many moons ago now. But we still love dollies in our house.

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  46. I loved dolls when I was little and my daughter does too (Alex Telford)

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  47. Mine was building bricks (different types). I don't think they ever go out of fashion. My son already plays with Lego and other similar brands.

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  48. Favourite was my Trolls and Lego, grandchildren love lego. Its not a cheap hobby now

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  49. Loved my fashion plates, just bought my 6 year old some for her birthday x

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  50. My big yellow teapot and its still at my gran's house and when children visit they play with it.

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  51. I loved my dads old lego! Dude is too small at the moment but he will have lego as soon as he is old enough

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  52. i loved books and drawing - so does my son

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  53. Kitty in my pocket. Not introduced her to them yet as they slightly small but I think she would love them.

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  54. Not a sob story but our toys were very basic and often hand-me-downs so my family would not be interested. However, I have kept my special dolly for sentimental reasons and she is in the loft.

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  55. I loved my dolls and Hello Kitty things and my daughter does too x

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  56. I loved board games, still do, I play board games with the kids and it gets them away from computer games for a while

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  57. i loved stickle bricks and polly pockets i have introduced stickle bricks to my son

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  58. I love Lego and my kids had loads of it

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  59. My two dolls Johnny and Susie and my mum kept them and now my 2 year old daughter plays with them. They are 35 years old

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  60. Sindy dolls. My daughter is a bit too young yet!

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  61. Stickle building bricks and Barbie dolls
    Still love them now

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  62. I was never a girlie girl but I did love my Game Boy which I have introduced to the girls but as they have PS4, laptops, iPads and 3Ds each the Game Boy didn't hold their interest for long.

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  63. I loved my kitchen dolls and play food and brought kitchen for my sons and they loved cooking for me

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  64. Rollerskates and not yet my daughter Sheriah is 4 and a bit clumsy so I'll wait a bit 😂😂

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  65. Tiny tears doll, pram and barbies which both my daughters liked playing with too

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  66. my favourite were barbie dolls, but i'm not sure the little one is old enough to be interested!

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  67. I loved Barbie and Tiny Tears. My daughter loved playing with Barbie as well.

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  68. I loved Sindys. My cousins used to have a huge cupboard full of them and I used to play with them when we visited. One year just before Christmas we went to exchange presents etc and I went to the cupboard when I was told that they had been sold. Being young I didn't think anything about it until Christmas Day when there was a huge bin bag with my name on it by the tree and all the Sindy's were in there. :) I have introduced my great-niece to Barbies now and she loves them. Every Saturday when they come to visit we have to have them out and they go on adventures. :)

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    1. That story really made me smile, thank you

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  69. I loved Barbie and my kids now play with mine which I have passed down to them.

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  70. I loved dolls particularly baby born and baby Annabelle, I bought them for our daughter at Christmas and she adores them!

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  71. Barbies and yes my daughter also loves them xxx

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  72. I loved Polly Pockets but no I haven't introduced them to my son.

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