It's fair to say that Little Miss C has become somewhat Hama obsessed since we were sent some maxi Hama beads to review recently. There hasn't been a single day where she hasn't been playing with them for hours. They've travelled up to visit Granny with us and on several occassions there have been tears at bedtime when I've said that she can't take them to bed with her.
The Hama advantures don't just involve building pictures on pegboards though - Hama beads seem to have become a key component in all of LMC's imaginative play. They have been the foundation of pretend meals, made into birthday cakes and I've even been fed a multi-coloured Hama curry whilst I've been sat feeding Master C. Beads have been lined up to form pictures on the carpet and arranged in piles of colours next to other toys of similar colours. We've been practicing numbers by counting how many are in piles and any visitors to the house have been offered a bun case full of them as a welcome present - sometimes whilst Happy Birthday is sung to them. I'm not too sure last night's Trick or Treaters were too impressed with the Hama bead offering though!
Hama beads have been lined up to make the edges of a roadway for her to drive her toy car along and they've also been used as a load for a toy tractor to carry. Just today they were threaded onto the laces that came with the lacing beads that we reviewed a few months back and LMC proudly wore them as a necklace. The bit where she then started shouting about being a coconut did confuse me somewhat, but seeing as she was obviously enjoying herself I wasn't too concerned.
It seems only fair therefore to give them a second mention here on the blog. Never before have I seen one toy played with quite so much, nor LMC being quite so obsessive about something. Yes they are a bit of a pain to have to keep picking them up from the floor, and I'm dreading what happens if she's still as obsessed when Master C gets to the crawling about and putting everything in his mouth stage, but if you ever wanted a value for money toy then this really has to be it!
Disclaimer: I was not asked to write this post and have therefore received no payment for it. We were originally sent two sets of Maxi Hama Beads to review by DKL Toys and that review can be found here.