It has been one of those really wet days, and I have finally got round to looking through some old photographs of some things that Ted and I made together a few months ago. Here is Ted’s necklace, or rather his bead snake, which it soon became known as. He made it all himself – he even made the beads and was very proud of it. This necklace snake is the result of one of a whole range of activities that Ted and I did a few months back to help strengthen his fine motor skills, which are so important for children, especially when they are learning to hold a pencil and start to write. Cutting straws to make little beads and then threading them onto wool or thread is great to strengthen fine motor skills. Ted found he had to really carefully hold and cut the straws, and then really carefully hold the plastic string to thread beads onto them, which also took lots of patience and concentration.
- Plastic coloured drinking straws
- Children’s scissors
- Wool or plastic string
How to make your own
- Carefully cut drinking straws into 1/2 cm pieces to make beads
- Thread one bead onto wool or string and then tie a knot over the bead to make one end
- Thread the rest of the beads onto the string
- When finished, tie a knot into the end – we also tied a loop so that Ted could safely hook this over the other end to make a necklace that would break if pulled.