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Spools on a String

This is a great craft for preschoolers that turns into a fun toy for a baby. Let preschoolers and elementary-aged kids paint, decorate, and string the beads. Then they can keep them for themselves to string again and again, or make a necklace for their baby brother or sister.

Materials:

  • Empty wooden spools of thread or colored beads or large bells

Warning: A baby with teeth can bite off and swallow pieces of styrofoam spools, so be sure to use wood.

  • Non-toxic paint
  • Clean shoe laces or heavy cord (A piece of tape wrapped tightly around one end makes threading easier. Tie a big knot in the other end.)

Procedure:

  1. Paint spools
  2. String spools on shoelaces
  3. Tie a knot to make a necklace or a bracelet.
  4. Tie the necklace onto the baby’s car seat or just hand it to the baby.
    Or:
    Tie one “bead” on the bottom of the string, and let your preschoolers string and restring necklaces any time they want.