It’s so much fun to watch Ramona play with blocks and toy tools. Her little hands are
getting more and more adept at deftly maneuvering smaller objects. She holds little tea
cups (pinky up sometimes!), is getting better at hand motions to her favorite songs, and
likes to find and collect small rocks in jars while out on walks. She puts her own straw in
the hole in her lid to her to-go drink. Just earlier this week she tried her hand at
chopsticks while out to a sushi dinner! (she’s got a ways to go on that one).
In an effort to continue encouraging and improving her hand-eye coordination, I wanted
to think of another play activity she can do at home with items we already have. I also
prefer activities that require some concentration and buy me a little time to do stuff
around the house if she doesn’t need my direct help or supervision.
A mom-friend of mine mentioned threading items with string. Perfect! I don’t have any
beads lying around but I have lots of other things that be put on various strings from my gift-wrapping supply drawer. I put together a collection of various items with different
sized hole openings, as well as different widths of strings. This way, Ramona could work on
threading items on string, working her way up from easier pieces to more difficult once.
And the best part? When she was done she had another item to add to her costume
stash: a necklace! I simply tied the ends for
her and she had a handmade necklace.
What you need:
Items to thread: buttons, beads, old toilet rolls, old paper towel rolls, pastas, etc
Various girths of strings: twine, thick satin, cooking string,
Optional: markers for decorating the toilet paper rolls!
What you do:
If you have some toilet paper or paper towel rolls, let your child decorate them with
markers. It’s sort of like making your own beads. Pasta can also be drawn on.
Show them how it’s done: Choose an item and demonstrate how you put string through
Let them try their hand at it: Watch them experiment with all the different options. Will
the extra thick satin fit through the small penne pasta? What’s the best approach for
holding the small string? Give them some space and they’ll use their imagination and
problem-solving skills to see what works best for them!
Bonus: When they’re all done, tie the strings in a circle to make a necklace for your
child. (Please always make sure children are supervised when they're playing with necklaces).