Qixels Fuse Blaster Review

My boys each got a Qixels Fuse Blaster for Christmas. The Qixels Fuse Blaster is kind of like a Perler Bead alternative, but instead of using an iron to make the plastic beads stick together, you use water in a water gun! My daughter has loved Beados in the past, which has a similar concept, but the Qixels Fuse Blaster is geared towards boys! And the Fuse Blaster kit was on $10 on Amazon.com!

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The Qixels have square beads that are pushed into a peg board. There are pros and cons – the pro being that if the board is flipped over accidentally, the beads still stay on the board. This is a huge plus because we have encountered several occasions where the kids have flipped a Perler Beads or Beados creation over accidentally, and their creations get ruined. Instant tears = no fun for parents or kids at all. Qixels solves this problem with having to push the squared beads into the pegs in the board. On the flip side, it was sometimes hard for my 4-year old push some beads by himself, but that was more the exception than the rule.

Here, Noah is making a robot Qixel. He really loved these boy shapes!

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Once he finished pushing the beads into the board, we filled up the Qixels water gun so we could spray the Qixels beads with water. You spray the board 10 times, making sure to cover all of the beads. Then you pick up the board, shake of any excess water, and let it dry for 30 minutes. We did make sure to put newspaper under the board before we squirted water on the beads!

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After 30 minutes, you peel the paper off the board, and then peel the beads from the paper. The beads did stick together with only water, no iron needed!

Noah had a blast playing with his robot, shark, dragon, and viking! At 4 years old, he loves little toy figures, and these he made himself!

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I would say that Qixels Fuse Blaster was a hit with my boys and kept them busy for a good couple of hours. Liam, my 6-year old, doesn't typically have a lot of patience for crafts, but he really got into this boy themed craft. It would be a great gift for one of my nephew's upcoming birthdays!

Have you tried Qixels? What do you think and are there any other Qixels kits we should try?

Minions Perler Beads Bucket

My kids have recently gotten into Perler Beads lately – they have kind of been taking over our house lately.

We were at Barnes & Noble one day and this Minions Perler Beads Bucket caught my eye!  We have used the Perler Biggie Beads before, which are great for little hands, but this was our first time with the regular size Perler Beads.

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I thought Noah and Sage were going to fight over it – but, there were plenty of beads to go around. The bucket has over 6,000 beads in it. Yes, and we went through every last one of them!

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The bucket included 3 pegboards (round, square, and hexagon) instructions and patterns to create the Kevin, Bob, and Stuart characters!

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We found it easier to spread the beads out on a paper plate so the kids could each have their own set of beads to work with.

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Sage started on Stuart and found it quite easy to make this Minion character very easily.

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This is what he looked like before we ironed him.

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Ironing Perler Beads does require an adult! The bucket included ironing paper that you lay on top of your design so the iron can melt the beads indirectly. It only takes about a minute to warm up the iron and then you iron in a circular motion until the beads start to melt together – for 10 seconds on each side.  For my kids, this can seem like an eternity for me and them… but they are always happy with the finished result.

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Noah was so intent on making all of the Minion characters, we spent the next few evenings making more characters. Some were our own Minion designs and some (the ones below) were from the instructions that came with the bucket!

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This bucket was definitely a winner in my house and has spurred us on to buy more Perler beads – which I’ll post more about later!

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If you think your kids will like this Minions Perler Beads Bucket, you can get it here for only $12.99!

Buy the Minions Perler Beads Bucket HERE

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