Threading foam beads on to a pipe-cleaner is a great activity for toddlers and pre-schoolers as there are so many things they can learn through doing it. Threading the beads on to the pipe cleaner is great for improving fine motor skills plus it can also help them with counting numbers, and shape and colour recognition.
Jessica found it a little tricky trying to get the foam beads on to the pipe cleaner when we first started the activity – mostly as the holes in the centre weren’t punched out that well. After I’d enlarged the holes using a chopstick, she found it much easier.
She was very definite about deciding which particular shape and colour bead she wanted to add next each time and threading the beads on to the pipe cleaner kept her occupied for quite a while.
Once the beads had all been threaded on to the pipe-cleaner, I helped Jessica join the ends together and twist them up to make a bracelet. She’s been very pleased with this latest addition to her jewellery box. We need to get some more beads but next time we’ll try this using two pipe-cleaners together to make a necklace.