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Help Me Choose A HAMA Size

HAMA Beads come in three size ranges. The original and regular size is often called Midi Beads.

Suitability depends on the ability and preference of the individual, and the following recommended ages are to be used only as a guide.

Of course, there are benefits of using HAMA Beads at any age!

Please note that HAMA Beads and pegboards from different size ranges are not compatible with each other.

Original HAMA

Also known as Midi Beads, Original HAMA are the regular and bestselling HAMA range.

They are 5mm in length and diameter, with an inside diameter of 2mm – roughly the size of a ladybird.

Original HAMA are suitable for ages 5+, but are often a preferred size for older children and adults too.

If you’ve used HAMA Beads before, this is the size you’re likely to have used.

Younger people who use Original HAMA may find it easier to follow a design, or to use a shaped pegboard as a guide.

With experience, people become more creative with HAMA Beads. We have seen some very big and imaginative designs!

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Mini Beads

The smallest size HAMA range is Mini Beads, requiring steady fingers and perhaps tweezers, if you’ve got some handy!

They are 2mm in length, with a 2mm diameter and 1mm inside diameter – about the same size as a grain of rice.

Mini Beads are designed for ages 10+, but are sometimes even too fiddly for adults.

As a result of their tiny size, Mini Beads produce the most detailed designs.

People who use Mini Beads tend to like sewing, painting, jigsaw puzzles and adult colouring books.

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My First HAMA

Designed specifically for toddlers, My First HAMA are also known as Maxi Beads. They are recommended for children aged 3 to 4 years old.

These larger HAMA Beads are 10mm in length and diameter, with an inside diameter of 5mm – that’s about the size of your thumb nail.

My First HAMA are a learning tool for children of pre-school age, and provide a stepping stone towards using Orginal HAMA as they get older.

Although they are larger than other HAMA Beads, young children must always be supervised when using My First HAMA.

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