My 7 year old daughter and I set to work with some Styrofoam balls, beans, and a hot glue gun. We tried the random approach, placing the beans in all shapes and size all over, but I like the look of the more defined orderly beans in a row around.
Sorting the beans is a good activity for younger hands while you do the gluing with the hot glue gun.
Can you tell why I like the ball with the red beans better? The one where we put them on in a crazy pattern looks like a ball of old gum or something. Oh well, live and learn!