Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by BurtBoysMom Cute, but....
I've ordered these for both a school-wide function (500+kids), as well as my son's 1st grade classroom party. We used these beads, pony beads, and pipe cleaners to "string" the beads and the kids made bracelets. The foam beads themselves are cute, but there is a number of them that are unusable due to the fact that they don't have a hole to string them. This was especially true with the bat beads, and a lot of the smaller sized beads. The pumpkins however, didn't have ANY issues, small or large! I would recommend these, but ONLY with the warning to not expect the full number of beads it says, because you WILL have some that aren't useable.
October 31, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MissKateB Great for all kinds of projects
I bought these to put into Ziploc bags with colored hair gel, "Halloween goo bags" we called them. They were perfect.
October 29, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Gilberts1stGrade Super cute but didn't work well for first grade threading
We bought these for a first grade Halloween party and ended up going a different route because they were too challenging for 6 year olds fine motor skills. They are very cute and we will hold on to them for later or for a small party where the kids can use blunt needles for threading them.
Originally we were hoping the foam characters could be threaded on the plastic necklaces and bracelets that OT sells for pony beads but the holes through them were much too small. The width of each piece makes it difficult for the little ones to thread on string without a blunt needle or something along those lines.
They are printed foam so some pieces are printed a bit off-center. The kids don't seem to care about that, though.
October 28, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MommaCO Prettt good
We ordered these beads, along with the Halloween pony beads and stretchy cording to have kindergartners make necklaces for a class party craft. All of the kids were able to thread the beads without issues. Some of beads were not punched out all the way or were off a little bit and were unusable. For the price, though they were fine. The kids had fun with them.
December 5, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MomWhoVolunteersALot NICE BEADS for All Ages!
These beads are very nice and chunky and fairly easy for even 1st graders to use. There were a few beads that didn't have the "holes" all the way through but a very small percentage (probably about 5-6 in the whole pack). The only downfall was I was expecting them to be fairly evenly distributed between the different beads -- 100 per type of bead. The pack I received contained: 75 ghosts, 116 hats, 112 green monsters, 71 bats, and 114 pumpkins for a total of 478 beads. I had to order a second pack so I had enough for each child to get 1 of each bead.
October 6, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by preschoolshopper A Disappointment
I purchased this item last year and the quality really went down hill. The hole for threading the beads has gotten smaller and in many cases has closed up completely. The majority of them could not be used for threading.
Very disappointed in this product
November 3, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by w000 Decent enough
These are as advertised. However, I agree w/PPs that less larger beads for the same price would be nicer. Also would be nice if they were printed on both sides. My 4 year old stopped making her necklace after only a few beads due to the printing issue.
October 24, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by axman good for kids
a good value but a bit difficult the put on a string without some sort of needle or tool.
October 18, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PS11rules Awesome on pipe-cleaners!
Bought these for my kids' school's fall festival to be strung on pipe-cleaners (also bought at OT) and they worked beautifully! I was worried the holes would be too small but they worked like a charm. And with the stiffness of the pipe-cleaner, they were easy for even the little ones to handle.
October 18, 2011