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
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 :)