Threading beads onto pipe cleaners seems to be a fairly classic kid’s activity. It is a fantastic activity for fine motor development and hand-eye coordination. I have also discovered with Chook and my little sensory seeker, Ooffa that it helps to bring them back into their bodies and promotes calmness and concentration.
I find that pipe cleaners are best for little hands as they stay stiff and the beads do not slide easily off, which reduces the level of frustration threading onto string can often have when you are just learning. To stop the beads sliding off the end I bend the end slightly.
This activity is available on our practical life shelf and is chosen often. Today we have extended our threading activity with the addition of foam hearts that have holes punched in them (this is another practical life tray on our shelf) and an invitation to create bracelets.
For this activity I set out cute wooden beads in a basket and lay the pipe cleaners next to the basket on the tray.
The children then threaded the beads and the hearts in any pattern they desired to create these gorgeous little bracelets.
They were very proud of their creations and wore them all afternoon 🙂