My strange summer discovery: Teens LOVE Perler Beads

by Sonja Somerville, Salem Public Library

perler dispicableIt all started because I needed an activity and we had SO MANY Perler Beads and I was looking for a third station for a craft program. My small stroke of genius was investing a few hours in looking up and printing “teen interest” Perler Bead patterns.

There are hundreds. I found:

  • Dr. Who themes
  • Hello Kitty
  • Minecraft
  • My Little Pony
  • Angry Birds
  • Super Mario
  • Hunger Games
  • Despicable Me
  • Spongebob Squarepants
  • Star Wars

The teens flocked to the table, boys and girls alike. I could hardly pry them away from the table at the end of the night. It was so popular, I trotted it all out again at our End-of-Summer Party where kids were so desperate for access, they were sitting on the floor with their trays of beads and Perler boards just to get in on the fun.