I got these wooden threading beads from a mom who sold her Montessori materials. I just love the simplicity of this material. Yet, the benefits are more than we think. Plus it can be made complicated as the child grows. Don’t you think that’s awesome?
What do you need?
Tray, beads, sturdy thread or shoe string or a file thread, penne pasta.
Why do this activity?
For fine motor skills by grasping the bead/pasta which in turn helps to hold the pencil when the child is ready to write
Eye hand coordination to see a particular bead and to pick it up
Math logic skills to see if the thread can still hold a few more pastas/beads and to determine how long the thread is
Control of Error: Beads enter in the thread only if it is put in right.
How to extend this activity as they grow?
Move onto smaller beads.
Use flowers to make a garland. Too much to expect! But hey, aren’t children a bundle of surprise?
Give in a bead pattern and ask to match the pattern while they do it
How to do?
Show your clever cookie how to grasp the bead, clutch it one hand and how to hold the thread in another hand.
Introduce new words like thread, beads and pasta.
Show them how to put in the bead/pasta onto the thread and pull it.
Sit back and watch them try to do this 🙂
Where to source the materials from?
Montessori beads from here
Shoe lace/file thread from local stationary shop
Pasta from the kitchen 🙂
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