This was a simple activity I did with the girls one morning a little while ago. At age 2 Shoeshine is developing her motor co-ordination skills all the time and pipe cleaners and beads give a great opportunity to work on fine motor skills.
We got out the set of lacing beads and some coloured pipe cleaners.
Little Chick was away straight away making necklaces and bracelets.
It took Shoeshine a bit of time, deep concentration, problem solving and a bit of help to work out how best to do the threading.
Pipecleaners are a great item to use for threading as they slightly easier to work with than string or thread (although you need to watch the spike on the ends.) Using rings of toilet roll and string or jumbo tubes of pasta are other ideas I've seen for practising threading
Once she got the hang of it, it became easier.
The week previous the girls' aunty had visited and had made these lovely fairy wand, 'wings' and headband out of pipe cleaners - which of course were duly collected from the play box and with fairy costume on, adorned in jewels was the fairy princess!