Bead Threading Activity
Age: 18 months + (can be adapted to be more challenging for older children!)
Purpose: Developing fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, patience, concentration.
Chopsticks, Pipecleaners, or Straws
What to do:
1. Show your child how to hold the chopstick/pipecleaner in one hand and thread one bead using the other (most likely her dominant) hand. New words to introduce and repeat throughout the activity: bead, thread.
Control of Error*: Beads are successfully threaded through.
- We are using large wooden beads here, but later we will move on to use smaller beads when Freestyle is ready.
- Use a thick string (i.e. shoelace) with a knot tied at one end to increase the challenge.
- Make it a math activity by counting the beads as she threads them.
- Sort and thread the beads by colour, shape, etc.
* Montessori materials always include a Control of Error. This means that there is a way that the child can independently check to see if she has completed it correctly. In this activity, the child will know if she has completed it correctly if the beads are threaded onto the chopstick (yes, this particular example is sort of obvious, I know!). For other materials, such as nomenclature cards (where you have to match the picture, name, and description) there may be a small coloured dot on the back of the cards that do go together. When the child is finished matching them up, she can turn the cards over to see if she is correct. Brilliant, right?