Beading is such a fun way to reinforce patterns and colors, let children strengthen fine-motor skills while designing and creating, and provide a fun and engaging sensory experience! A couple weeks ago I shared how to easily color your own pasta. You can do this with any shape, but one of the reasons we used bead-like noodles was so we could make necklaces.
* Your own rainbow colored pasta (or other beads!), separated by colors
* String or yarn
* Scissors to trim the yarn
1. Cut a piece of string or yarn about two feet long.
2. Tie one end of the string or yarn to a bead to prevent the rest of the beads from falling off the string.
3. If you're using yarn (or string that will unravel), wrap a piece of tape tightly around the other end so your child can thread the beads easily.
4. If your child has never beaded before, show her how to slide a bead on the string. Then keep her company and talk with her while she works. This is a great time to use color, pattern, and counting vocabulary! Just remember to let your child be the artist! ;)
5. When the string is full, tie it off for your child; or, if your child can make knots, let her tie it!
Wear it proudly! I've had boys and girls 1-5 years old love this project...and they'll love it even more if you'll make one too!
Happy Educating, Carla
I may share at any of these parties!