Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Introduction to bead stringing

Here is one of the activities on our shelves in a little more detail.

I recently tried to introduce Freddy (23 months) to stringing beads using a Melissa and Doug First Bead Kit.  I liked the set because the beds are big and chunky but Freddy found the poking of the lace through the hole too difficult (which was manifested as throwing the beads everywhere).

With eczema on his hands making them sore and sometimes swollen Freddy has always been more of a 'gross motor' rather than 'fine motor skills kinda boy' but I thought I would try again but this time with an activity to string small wooden beads onto a pipe cleaner.


Using a pipe cleaner to string the beads is much easier for little toddler hands so it makes a great introduction to the concept of bead stringing.

But what I like most is that the beads don't slide off and can be put on from either end successfully.   This essentially means that just the act of putting the pipe cleaner through the bead hole is isolated.  I further ensured isolation of this skill by ensuring that the beads were the same colour (natural wood).

Putting the beads back in the wooden pot and placing the lid on top were also enjoyable for him.


Here is Freddy working hard.  He often asks me to do things instead of him such as stacking a block but he wasn't letting me anywhere near these beads. 


I realised that I have not been using mats to define Freddy's workspace on the floor so I'll begin to introduce them right away :)

18 comments:

  1. My toddler is the same- he is not interested in doing beading unless I hold the shoelace but he likes the pipe cleaners.

    Another activity he tried with it was putting them onto "dowels"- I used chopsticks stuck into a tissue box {the closed side} and he put them on like that. I thought I had posted about it on my blog but I looked back through and couldn`t find it.

    I loved your post below showing your shelves. I can not wait til we have more space so that I can set up and leave out some activities {also need to wait til Shion is a bit older as he is much more into "mouthing" things than Noah ever was} as well as art supplies. At the moment I only leave paper and crayons with in reach for Noah although Shion is constantly trying to eat those as well!

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  2. Hi Lulu,
    Thanks for the comment. I looked on your blog too for the beading but couldn't find it. It has given me good idea though for the next stage in our adventures of bead stringing.
    You have so many ideas on your site that I want to try so I'm sure you'll see some popping up on here :)
    Rachael
    x

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  3. Those beads look so beautifully tactile. I would love this activity myself! With B, I found that if I shortened the lace with a big clumpy knot on one end, then this made threading buttons easier for her. Herehttp://sparklingbay.blogspot.com/search?q=buttons

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  4. Hi Rach,
    Thanks for the tip! I love the mystery train idea too but mostly I like the way that you admit that you are not completely sure of your parenting philosophy. I feel the same way too and I think we will never stop questioning our style.
    Best wishes
    Rachael
    x

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  5. Our sons are the same age and I also introduced him to beads with a pipe cleaner last week. As you say in another past,my son has recently started to understand these things rather than throwing them ;)Love your blog.

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  6. Thanks Isil,
    I can completely understand now that you have to introduce the right thing at the right time but when you get it right it feels great :)
    Rachael

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  7. Great idea-I hadn't even tried threading beads with my toddler, for this reason. Might have a go with a pipe cleaner tomorrow-thank you.

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  8. I hope it goes well Sarah Elizabeth.
    Best wishes
    Rachael

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  9. I love the idea of using a pipe cleaner. :-)

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  10. This is such a great way to help the little ones learn fine motor skills (and I always end up with oodles and oodles of jewelry from my kids). Would you mind sharing this on my site with our readers. It would be a perfect fit! http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2011/11/introducing-fun-stuff-fridays.html

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  11. I really like the wooden beads and pot! Pipe cleaners are so fun and fuzzy.

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  12. What a great idea to string the beads on pipe cleaners!! Love it! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! See you next week,
    Beth =-)

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  13. I love the beads and little pot. What great natural supplies! It adds an extra element of fine motor practice by taking the lid on and off too! Do you remember where you got them? We tried penne noodle stringing onto pipe cleaners this week, but they fall off pretty easily.

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  14. Hi Lauren,
    The beads are from Baker Ross in the UK (mail order) and the little pot was a gift (a set of 3) from Freddy's grandmother but I think they came from Ebay.
    You could always try macaroni which has a smaller hole than penne.
    Best wishes
    Rachael

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  15. That's such a smart idea for helping your little guy with his pincer grasp and fine motor skills.

    Thanks for linking up with Fun for Kids Friday. I featured your idea on my blog today!

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  16. Love beads. We love lacing fruit loop necklaces. Yummy. Hopping over from TGIF hop.

    Hop on over too http://watchmeplaynlearn.blogspot.com/

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  17. Hi Veronica,
    Freddy would love lacing fruit loops but I'm not sure that many of them would make it onto the pipe cleaner!
    Rachael

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