Perler bead ideas

We accidentally discovered how much fun Perler beads are while working on another craft. One thing led to another and four summer crafts later…here we are!

These Perler bead ideas give me all the summer feels! Talk about fine motor skills development. These are on a whole new level. These Perler bead ideas also help develop hand/eye coordination.

Although this activity is recommended for children 4 years and older, each child is different. I knew Miss 3 would enjoy this, so we gave it a try together. Miss 3 was focused and had to take a few breaks (to be expected at age 3) during her heart creation. (Below)

perler bead ideas

Perler Bead Ideas:

1.) These make wonderful removable keepsakes on the cover of homemade cards.

2.) Miss 3 wants to attach the heart she made to the front of the Father’s Day card she’s making for daddy.

3.) You can also add magnets to the back and your kiddos will love hanging their creations with these!

perler bead ideas

What You Need:


1.) Choose the pegboard shape you’d like to use. For the watermelon, we used the circular pegboard. For the pineapple and the flamingo, we used the large square pegboard.

2.) Watch your kiddos use their fine motor skills to carefully choose the color of bead and place it where they want it on the pegboard. (I put out a bead assortment in a bowl and let Miss 3 choose her own colors.)

3.) When their design is ready, cover the beads with the parchment paper and iron over them with an iron set to medium warm/hot for a few seconds, so that the beads melt together. I use caution and lift the iron to see the beads as I go so I don’t over melt the beads.

4.) Let the bead shape cool after ironing. Place it on a flat surface, so it does not bend.

These summer crafts were so fun to make! I definitely recommend these Perler bead ideas for fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination development!


If you’d like to try another fun craft with your kids, try this Wax Paper Suncatcher craft.


One of our most popular kids activities is this Blooming Puddle Paper Flowers activity.

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