An inexpensive way to develop one’s fine motor skills and make something simple, yet beautiful. This would great activity to explore patterning with different attributes- colour, type of bead etc. Materials Shoelaces Straws Large hole pony beads Scissors Directions Depending on your child’s age and abilities you many need to cut the straws into bead-like proportions or they may be able to do this on their own. Recycle any un-needed portions (as seen in the photograph.) Set out your pony beads on a tray, lid etc. for easy access. Tie a know at one end of your shoelace to provide an anchor for your beads. Thread your beads onto your shoelace, alternating the straw and pony beads. As mentioned this would be a great activity for learning patterning. Knot the 2 ends of your shoelace together or tie a bow when done. Wear and enjoy! Purpose Developing fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination. An opportunity for exploring pattering. Safety Notes Be sure to remove necklaces for play (e.g, on playground structures) to avoid strangulation and wear with supervision. Beads can pose a choking hazard so this activity is not recommended for children 0-3 or those that tend to put objects in 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 Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.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.