Getting Crafty With The AquaBeads 3D Animal Set

As you may be aware from reading past posts we as a family are into crafting somewhat. A few months ago we were invited to become part of the ‘Aquabeaders’ group, an online group setup to sample, survey and to share Aquabeads products.


We have carried out numerous reviews of Aquabeads sets all of which we have thoroughly enjoyed using to follow various templates from which we have created countless creations. This month we were sent our very first 3D Aquabeads Set to put to the test.

Getting Crafty With The AquaBeads 3D Animal Set


What Are Aquabeads?

Aquabeads are small, coloured beads which can be placed upon crafting boards and when sprayed will become tacky and stick together. There are a wide range of similar products also available on the market but most of these require a hot iron to bond beads together which isn’t particularly safe nor practical with young children.

Having spent time crafting with a wide range of children’s bead based products I am confident in saying that Aquabeads are by far the most effective, safe and child-friendly option available.


Aquabeads Animals 3D Set

The Aquabeads ‘Animals 3D’ set is classed as a refill set and therefore includes a little less than the average Aquabeads set. Included within this set is:

  • Over 500 Aquabeads (8 different colour sets)
  • Four Template Sheets
  • One 3D Layout Tray

Using the template sheets a range of 3D animals can be created including a turtle, a lion, a panda, a ladybird or a bird in a nest.

Getting Crafty With The AquaBeads 3D Animal Set


Working With Aquabeads

Despite my daughter E being only three-years old and technically under the age recommendation guidelines (by a few months) for this product she is incredibly dexterous and seems to really enjoy using her fingers to follow and put together Aquabeads templates.

E decided to create the bird in its nest which required the use of a template, a 2D board and a 3D board. Once the Aquabeads had been put into place E and Paul sprayed the beads with water and allowed the designs to dry and set.

We then used a small amount of water to put together both the 2D and 3D designs to create a bird sitting within a nest.

Getting Crafty With The AquaBeads 3D Animal Set

E seemed to really enjoy working with the 3D Aquabeads set, it was a little different from the 2D packs and although it seemed slightly more challenging as several templates are to be combined, with a little help from her folks E took it in her stride and greatly enjoyed using the beads to create something a little different which she could then display along with her many other crafts.

Purchasing & Pricing Information

Retailing at £4.99 upwards, the Aquabeads Animal 3D set is available from a wide range of high street and online stores including Argos, Toys R Us, The Entertainer and Amazon.


Our Final Thoughts

Aquabeads make the ideal gift for both girls and boys aged four years and upwards. There are a wide range of Aquabeads sets available including basic starter sets, jewel sets, 3D sets, Disney sets and many more. Each set includes a range of templates from which an array of designs may be created, alternatively children can use their imagination to create their own, unique designs.

Aquabeads are great fun to use whilst promoting a wide range of skills including hand-eye coordination, dexterity, imagination, colour recognition and independence. Aquabeads may be used to create a huge range of crafts including jewellery, keys rings, ornaments, door signs and much more.

E really enjoyed putting together her first 3D Aquabeads design, we will no doubt be making further animals from the beads in the near future. I would certainly recommend Aquabeads to my family, friends and readers as an ideal arts and crafts gift for children.

For further information upon pricing, packs and where to buy Aquabeads visit

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Disclosure: We were sent the above product for the purpose of this post however all opinions are E’s and my own.


1 Comment

  1. July 8, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    I have never heard of aquabeads before, when I was child minding I used the beads which require ironing with the children under strict supervision, these would have been so much better as well as a safer option

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