This simple preschool activity can contribute to many aspects such as development of fine motor skills, sorting out colours, counting, making a pattern, etc. Let’s find out how.
At their age, preschoolers are still developing basic fine motor skills such as holding objects between their thumb and index finger. This is commonly known as the pincer grasp. Why is it important? It is important so that they are able to properly hold a writing tool such as a crayon or pencil at a later stage when they are just about to begin writing. Stringing beads is an activity that supports the development of pincer grasp and eye-hand coordination in preschoolers.
In today’s activity we will encourage children to not just string beads but string beads to make a necklace for someone. It could be for their favourite doll or for a dear friend or for a family member. Just stringing beads together can be boring but when it is done with an objective, children’s motivation to engage in the activity will naturally increase. To make it fun, join your child and make a necklace for someone along with them.
Something to keep in mind
As the preschooler comes forward to string beads and make a necklace for someone, they use and improve their fine motor skills to pick up each bead and string it through the shoe-lace. But that is not it. The child also learns what it means to do something for others, in this case, creating something with their own hands and with love!
Children in the age group of 2 – 5 years
What do you need?
Plastic Beads or DIY beads & shoe lace.
If you have beads and shoe lace at home, then you may use that. If not, you can make beads using thick and colourful chart paper.
- Take a chart paper or A4 sized sheets of different colours.
- Cut out 2-3 cm wide strips. You can choose the length.
- Roll each strip into a cylinder, of a size easy for the child to handle.
- Seal it using glue or tape. The DIY beads are ready.
- Use different colours to make the DIY beads.
Precautions to follow while using plastic beads
- It’s advised to use big beads that the child cannot easily swallow or put inside their nose/ears.
- Please be extra vigilant around the child while using beads. Do not leave the child alone with the beads. Always allow the child to play with beads in your presence only.
Tips for you
- Encourage the child to make a necklace of their choice of colours. Join them by making one yourself. For this, make sure you have enough beads and extra shoe-laces.
- Handling the necklace while stringing beads may become difficult for the child, so make sure to lock one end so that the beads don’t slide through.
- Appreciate the child while they are engaged in making it.
- When the necklace is ready, make sure to give it to the person for whom you and your child has made it. Encourage them to put it around their neck so that the child feels happy. Encourage them to thank the child and appreciate their gesture.
Try a variation for 4-5 years Old
- Encourage the child to count the beads once they have finished making the necklace.
- Give them a particular number (upto 10), such as , “Please make a necklace with 6 beads” etc.
- You may encourage the child to make a necklace of one colour only, a colour of their choice. Have a variety of colours in front of them so that they have to sort out one colour from the lot.
- Make a simple pattern and encourage the child to follow that pattern. For example, Red bead, Blue bead, Red bead, Blue bead….
How did you and your family do on this activity? Did your child enjoy it? What did she/he say?
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This article is in a series of preschool activities that have been published by Team BestOfSchools for preschool-aged children that parents can easily perform at home.
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