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Straw Beading

ages 2-5


Coffee Stirrer straws or pipe cleaners, craft beads (pony beads), hot glue gun, bead container.

Activity Detail

For many kids, stringing beads on a string can be frustrating. You can make it easier if you let them string beads on a coffee stirrer or pipe cleaner. You can hot glue a bead on one end of a straw or bend the end of the pipe cleaner to act as the "stopper" bead, then let your little artist go to work! They can make a multicolored creation, a solid one, or a pattern of alternating colors. You can save their creation by hot gluing the last bead in their design or if they're not sentimental, dump the beads back into the container and start all over again!


Tiffany said:

You can have older children make certain patterns and then explain what pattern they chose to make.

- Posted on Dec 18, 2007

Yael said:

Given the low frustration level of most young kids, this activity is great. They can still enjoy the process of beading without the looming possibility of throwing a tantrum because it's not working the way they want it to.

- Posted on Dec 24, 2007

jennifersweckard said:

A good activity for developing fine motor skills. The pipe cleaner could be bent into a bracelet that the child can wear!

- Posted on Dec 28, 2007

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