Hands-on fun

Krystle Wagner • Apr 14, 2018 at 1:00 PM

SPRING LAKE – Perler beads helped children’s designs take shape on Thursday.

During Spring Lake District Library’s monthly program Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead, children used the beads to create designs such as horses, Belle from “Beauty and the Beast,” a giraffe and penguin. After making their designs, Youth Services Librarian Elizabeth Griffin used an iron to fuse the beads together.

Molly LeMaire, 11, created R2-D2, who is her favorite “Star Wars” character.

LeMaire, who also has Perler beads at home, brought her own tweezers to help speed up the pace of the project.

Instead of taking an hour to create a design by hand, LeMaire said the tweezers made it only take 15 minutes to place the beads in order.

LeMaire said she enjoys the activity.

“It’s fun, and it’s relaxing,” she said.

As Griffin used the iron to finish Maggie Cutler’s star, Cutler said she chose her design because she wanted something that had a lot of color.

Cutler, 9, said she likes to create designs at home with her own beads because it’s a fun activity that’s not hard. Cutler said one nice thing is having older sibling Cici Cutler, who can help iron her projects.

As K.T. Novakoski designed a horse, she challenged Beth Sawyer to make a pony.

Sawyer said she often volunteers at the library because it’s fun.

Although Sawyer used Perler beads when she was younger, she said it had been a few years.

“It’s a blast from the past, and it brings back memories,” she said.

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