Sometimes, keeping it simple is the best way to invite a child to play. A simple tray of multicolored beads and a few pipe cleaners kept lu very busy for a long time. It's great fine motor practice and Lucy had fun bending them into all sorts of fun shapes.
As children gain confidence in their stringing skills you can start introducing concepts like pattern making and color sorting. This activity isn't just for the littles. We used to love beads and string bracelets well into middle school. Bring back the basics for a little while and watch our children thrive.
Prompts to further play when it slows down (adjust to colors that you have):
"Can you bend it into a circle? Can you make a dog? What other shapes can you bend the pipecleaner in?"
"Can you make a rainbow?"
"Can you make one that is all green?"
"What is your favorite color? Can you make a purple necklace?"
If you try out this activity, I would love to hear how it goes! It's so simple and so much fun, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
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