November 18, 2009

Busy Little Hands: Stringing Beads

Because they are homeschooled, they're almost 24/7 at home.
After daily lessons, and helping with house chores, they still have much time left.

I have these colorful things that I keep in my craft box. Every now and then I take them out to keep my girls busy. I can enjoy peace and quiet every time they do this activity. Sometimes when they have girlfriends come and visit, they work on this too. And their friends would leave with new bracelets to take home.

This activity is good for young children to practice hand-eye coordination, patterning and sequencing and also learn the art of color combination.

Aside from bracelets and necklaces, there are many creative ways a child can do with beads and strings. And boys can do this, too!

Do you know that you and your homeschoolers can make your own beads from scratch? Here's another creative idea I found online @

Pasta Beads

What You Need:

  • 3 cups of uncooked pasta with holes (use just one type: penne, rigatoni, macaroni, etc.)
  • food coloring in 3 different colors
  • 3 bowls
  • a measuring cup
  • rubbing alcohol
  • a spoon for mixing
  • yarn
  • scissors
  • masking tape
What You Do:
  1. Scoop 1 cup of uncooked pasta into each of the bowls. The pasta should all be of the same type.
  2. Add a few drops of food coloring (using a different color for each bowl) to each. Stir. Keep adding a few drops at a time until the pasta begins to change color.
  3. Add ¾ Tablespoon of rubbing alcohol and stir until evenly coated.
  4. Transfer the colored pasta to a cookie sheet lined with wax paper (or aluminum foil) and let it dry overnight.
  5. Once the pasta is dry, it’s ready for beading. Cut a piece of yarn into the appropriate length for your child’s necklace or bracelet, wrap a piece of masking tape around one end to make stringing easier, knot the other end, and set them to work!

1 comment:

  1. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh BOY!
    I LOVE new crafts that even my Littles can do!
    THANK YOU can bet that we will be coloring pasta and making new beads over Thanksgiving break from school!


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