Review // Aquabeads Beginners Studio

We were recently asked if we would like to review the Aquabeads Beginners Studio and given that Riley has been asking me for weeks to buy him some, I didn’t hesitate in saying yes.

Aquabeads Beginner's Studio

If, like us, you are new to the world of Aquabeads, then the Aquabeads Beginners Studio is the perfect set for you as it contains everything you need to get started .

What’s in the box?

  • 1 x layout table
  • 1 x palette
  • 1 x container
  • 1 x sprayer
  • 1 x bead pen
  • 14 x packets of beads (over 800 beads in 12 different colours)
  • 4 x template sheets

Aquabeads Beginner's Studio

For those of you that are already thinking “why is she letting her boys play with a girls toy?” This is not just a toy for girls. Yes the packaging is pink and yes the model on the packaging is a girl and yes it is obviously geared up towards girls – which infuriates me – but there’s nothing to stop boys from playing with it.

Anyway, back to the Aquabeads Beginners Studio. Once everything was out of the box, we placed the layout table on top of the pink container and filled the shooting star-shaped palette with beads. There are 12 storage compartments in total – one for each colour – and each compartment can hold up to 80 beads.

Aquabeads Beginner's Studio

The studio comes with 4 template sheets which have various designs for children to copy including a heart, rocking horse, chicken, elephant, flowers and more. To use a template sheet, you simply slide it into the designated area underneath the layout table, making sure that the images of the beads line-up with the indents on the layout table. I really like this feature as it gives children a stable surface to work on.

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To start creating a bead design, you have to place your beads onto the layout table using the bead pen. This is very easy for children to operate – all they need to do is press down on a bead with the bead pen and then push the button to release the bead onto the layout tray. I think It’s a great way to develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye-coordination.

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When the design is finished, you need to spray the beads a few times (using the sprayer included) with water from about 5cms away.

N.B. Make sure to use enough water to cover the whole bead design otherwise, they won’t stick together properly. Have a paper towel to hand to soak up any excess water.

The beads take approximately 1-2 hours to dry and can then be removed from the layout table. The only problem I have with this is that as there’s only one layout tray included with the set, you have no choice but to wait for the first design to dry before starting another.

Aquabeads Beginner's Studio

Product Features:

  • Contains over 800 beads in 12 different colours
  • Comes with a sprayer to set your beads and a bead pen
  • Four template sheets included
  • Suitable for children aged 4years+
  • All items can be neatly stored away within the pink container once finished
  • RRP £13.99

Overall thoughts?

If you are new to the world of Aquabeads, then the Aquabeads Beginners Studio is the perfect place to start. It is so simple to use and very easy to create designs. You can choose to follow the templates or create your own designs, so the possibilities are endless. It’s the ideal product for children that enjoy creative play and is brilliant for both boys and girls. I just wish that they would make the packaging for gender neutral.

Aquabeads Beginner's Studio

The only other issue I have is that there is only one layout tray but this can be easily rectified by purchasing another.

The Aquabeads Beginners Studio has a RRP of £13.99 and can be purchased from all major retailers including Argos, ASDA, Tesco, Toys R Us, Smyths Toys and Amazon.



  1. Betsy Allen
    27 November, 2016 / 11:13 am

    Your photos are gorgeous!!! Great review…as a mum of boys myself I fully support your choice in allowing your sons to play with toys regardless of gender stereotyping!

    • 27 November, 2016 / 11:17 am

      Glad you enjoyed the review – it’s a brilliant set and perfect for some creative play! Thank you – I’m just a firm believer that children should be allowed the freedom to choose what they want to play with regardless of their gender or the toy’s colour! xx

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