Last week Kale came down with a really terrible flu. We kept him home from school most of the week and took it easy. We did have several instances where he thought he was feeling better and started running around and playing and then we learned the hard way that he was still pretty sick (read: he threw up all over us. Twice.). So for this weeks activity, I was looking for something that would keep him calm and focused.
Activity: threading beads
Age: 20 months
Materials: pipe cleaners, wooden beads, bowl, tray
Purpose: development of fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, development of patience and concentration
I've seen a few beading kits for 3+ (like this one and this one), which I think will be great down the road when Kale is more into sorting and can handle the string. To avoid frustration, I thought you would be able to better handle putting beads on a pipe cleaner and it worked great!
Kale really focused hard on getting each bead on and was thrilled when he was able to slip the pipe cleaner into the bead. I love to watching his reaction and seeing how proud he is of himself.
As he gets older, we can paint the beads and try sorting them on different pipe cleaners and use them for counting exercises. We'll also try string as his fine motor skills improve.
Does anyone have any other good idea's for working with beads and threading for this age group? I'd love to hear some suggestions!
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