Easter Eggs made with Melted Beads

When I first saw this activity at De tout et de rien: Activit├ęs pour le Pr├ęscolaire Joan Bagger I knew we had to try it. 

We thought we'd try making some Easter eggs using the same method of melting the plastic beads. The process is so simple, & produces quick & beautiful results.

To make the eggs we poured a little cooking oil on some kitchen paper & wiped around the inside of an old ovenproof oval shaped dish. Then Minnie added a handful of plastic hama beads & gently pushed them to the sides of the dish, the oil helps hold the beads in place. (We found the beads melted better when there was only one layer added to the sides.)

When the sides & base are covered with beads, place the dish in the oven (200˚C) & monitor continually until the plastic beads have melted together. Remove from the oven & leave to cool slightly before gently prising the plastic away from the sides of the dish.

To make the Easter egg we simply repeated the process to create the other half of the egg.

Perfect for hiding mini Easter eggs...

or how about some homemade soaps...

Of course they make an ideal home too!

This is one of those activities which can be adapted in so many ways, & we've since made bowls & small dishes to share with friends.