Back in the Summer, Miss A and I went to watch Finding Dory on the day it came out in the cinema. We both really enjoyed the film, and Miss A was thrilled when she was sent a Finding Dory Aquabeads playset. She loves Aquabeads (and arts and crafts), so it was a winning combination. We already have plenty of Aquabeads in the house, but this set is a standalone set and contains everything you need to complete the templates provided with the characters from Finding Dory.
Inside the set are three template sheets to make Dory, Marlin, Nemo and Hank. A bead palette with the design table that also acts as a lid to keep the beads in one place when you have finished, beads, layout tray, bead pen and sprayer. There are enough beads to complete all of the designs, but if you are wanting to deviate away from the patterns then you may run out of some colours.
If you’ve never used Aquabeads before then the idea behind it is to create your design on the layout board which has clever dips for the beads to sit in. Once your design is complete then spray with water and leave for a few hours before you can remove the design from the board. We find that it’s best to leave to set overnight but only because we are then sure that our design won’t fall apart.
The bead pen is a clever tool that picks up a single bead and holds it in place until you press the button on the side of the pen to release onto the board. This is a much easier way of completing a design than trying to use fingers and nudging the beads out of their place on the board.
As I mentioned we have had different Aquabeads sets over the years and this time the sprayer is a different design. Rather than being a pump action spray bottle it’s more of a squirter. Personally I prefer the pump action spray bottles to add the water to the finished design as I think it gives a more even layer to the design. The squirter bottle seems to add a lot of liquid to the design and it ends up looking a bit wet, therefore taking longer to try out.
If you are a Finding Dory fan or indeed Finding Nemo fan then I think this is a great set and well worth the £19.99 price tag. Once you have used all of the beads the great thing is that you can always purchase additional beads and template designs. The bead palette and the design table can be used in the future for many different designs that may wish to be created. I have included my affiliate link should you wish to purchase a set yourself.
Disclosure – we received the set free of charge but all opinions are our own