Beading activities are not only great for creating stylish bracelets and necklaces—they are also wonderful opportunities to practice patterns, sequencing, concentration and focus!
Set Up ideas
To prepare for this activity you’ll want to first gather a wide assortment of colored pony beads. Choose plain round beads, but feel free to add more unique beads to the mix! Then, place your bead assortment into a low, flat container to prevent spills. Whatever beads that you choose, you’ll also want to supply children with a selection of markers matching the colors of the beads.
Let’s Get Started
Provide children with rectangular pieces of white paper. They will use these to create their initial patterns. Ensure that children have easy access to your assortment of markers and beads, and let the fun begin!
In addition to developing patterning and fine motor skills, this activity is meant to build concentration and focus. To facilitate this, make sure that the environment is calm. Let them work on their own as they recreate their pattern with beads. Offer praise if they recreate their pattern successfully and words of encouragement if they do not.
Tips and Tricks
Beads come in many different shapes, colors and sizes. For a more difficult challenge, you may increase the difficulty of this activity by including a greater variety of beads.
Follow up Activity
Encourage children to trade necklaces with a partner. Then, let each child recreate the pattern of their partner’s necklace on the back of their original sheet of paper.