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