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Aquabeads Star Wars Playset review

A (not so) long time ago, in a galaxy (not so) far, far away, Star Wars fan D was sent some fabulous Aquabeads to try out. Not just any Aquabeads but Star Wars themed Aquabeads. 

In case you're not familiar with them, Aquabeads are small plastic beads which then stick together once water is sprayed on top of them. They come in various 'playset' packs. 'Beginners sets' (with everything you need to get started) and Refill packs are available too.

The Star Wars Aquabeads playset comes with a tray to store the beads in (this one is grey and has a star shape made up of the compartments), the 'layout table' that fits over the top of the tray when not it use to secure the unused beads in there, over 1000 beads, templates to make 4 star wars characters and the water squirter.

So it was a case of simply sliding in the chosen template.

Getting the beads ready in the tray.
And get started by placing the right coloured beads onto the correct place on the layout table as guided by the template.
D chose to make R2D2...
The one thing that would have been handy to have in this playset would be the 'bead pen' which is a handy little tool for picking up beads from the tray then releasing them into the correct position on the layout table.

D used Miss T's bead pen from her Aquabeads Beginner's Studio set that we already had.

Then it was time to spray with water and leave to dry.

We've found that sometimes the beads need a second spray of water as occassionally they don't all stick together. Sometimes the shape curves as it dries so may need to be placed under a book or something heavy once dry to help flatten it. In the case of R2D2 the curve actually added to his appeal as it reflected his actual shape!
The great thing is that if anything does go wrong and they don't stick together as hoped, the instructions explain that they can be sprayed again and again as necessary with more water. So even if a design breaks, it can be re-sprayed to fix it!
The Star Wars Aquabeads playset would make a great gift for both Aquabeads fans and Star Wars fans. It's a great craft activity for kids to do. Whilst the templates are there to help and the colours in a particular themed playset make it perfect for those particular designs, children can also be encouraged to 'freestyle' their own patterns and designs too. 

You can find your local Aquabeads stockist and online stockists  via the Aquabeads website here.

Disclosure: We were sent the Aquabeads Star Wars playset for the purpose of review. All opinions are our own. 


  1. Oh wow, these are brilliant! I can see both big and little boys in my household enjoying them!

    Well done D

    1. yes they are quite therapeutic for us grown-ups to join in with too! When Miss T does her set, I will often sit and help her for ages just to spend time doing the aquabeads.

  2. We've done Hama beads, but I haven't come across aquabeads. The Star Wars theme would certainly be a huge hit here too

    1. hama beads are great too. the kids tend to freestyle with hama beads a bit more but i think they enjoyed the theme for these. x


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