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Stringing Beads

Stringing Beads
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arjun Submitted by: arjun

Children develop hand-eye coordination while exploring patterns and sorting.

20 minutes
36 - 60 months
Group size
0 - 8 tots


  • Wooden or plastic beads (3 different colors and/or sizes)
  • 14-16" lengths of string, cording or shoelace (Pipe cleaners will also work.)
  • Sorting bowls or plates


  1. Sort beads with child by color and/or size.
  2. Knot string on one end. Demonstrate threading beads onto string.
  3. Demonstrate different patterns created by changing bead size and color.
  4. Ask child to thread beads onto their string to create his/her own pattern.
Shoelaces, with their coated hard ends, make this task easier for little hands.
Older children may use smaller beads to create their own bracelets and necklaces. Use letter beads to spell names or words.
Safety Tip
Small beads are a choking hazard for small children. For very young children, make sure not to use anything the size of a quarter or smaller.

Developmental skills