These pins to accessorize one’s backpack or jacket like a charm, brought us back to the 80s and we hope that they inspire a bit of creative nostalgia in you too while you make them with your kids! Materials Template valentine backpack Printer Scissors or paper cutter Pencil/eraser Clear tape Beads Alphabet beads (optional) Stitch holders* Split key rings *We like these which are like giant pins used by knitters as you can wrap the names around, however, you could use kilt pins as well.) Mini Version Safety pins Small beads Tassels Directions Carefully open your pin and lace on your bead choices. Be sure to leave enough space at the end of the pin portion so that you will be able to close it back up again. Here’s the mini version if you want to go with those! Have an adult help you attach a split key ring to the end of you pin so you can loop it onto your zipper pull. Print out the template and cut out each of the cards. You could use a paper cutter alternatively as we find this a bit easier. Write the receipt’s name and yours and then add your pin, using a tiny piece of clear tape. (We rolled ours up like a hot dog and stuck under the beads.) Enjoy giving something personal to your classmates, friends and/or neighbours! Purpose Beading activities create opportunities for exploring patterning and praticing one’s fine motor skills. Safety Notes Use scissors or a paper cutter with care and direct adult supervision. Beads, pins etc. can be a choking hazard, therefore, be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.