One activity box I can always count on Luca asking for is his bead strand box for fine motor skills.
Still, sometimes the simplest activity boxes I created that first weekend are Luca’s favorite.
One of the most important part of developing an at home Montessori environment is to have prepared materials available for the child at all times.
And a bead strand activity box is a really simple one to put together.
Toddler Bead Strand Fine Motor Skills Activity Box
We are still in the beginning stages of bead stranding. I’ve decided to start Luca out with pipe cleaners instead of string or shoelace.
The stiffness of the pipe cleaners makes the task a bit easier. Once he masters the pipe cleaners, we’ll switch over to string.
For our beads, I used an assorted bead pack.
I picked these beads for a few different reasons.
Having beads in all different shapes, sizes, and colors is great for comparing and contrasting similar objects.
Also, the beads all have difference textures to them. This makes his bead strand activity box also doubles as a sensory box.
This work is one that can evolve as he learns and grows.
Once he masters the fine motor skills to strand the beads, we will work on pattern replicating.
I’ll simply leave one pipe cleaner with a pattern already started in the box.
Then, he will have to sort through the beads, find the ones he needs, and repeat the pattern.
It takes a lot of control and concentration for him to strand the beads. The bigger beads are easier to strand, so we’ve started with those.
The smaller beads will require more advanced fine motor skills to master.
Having a combination of easier and more difficult beads to strand keeps his attention longer.
He’s the kind of kid who likes a challenge.
Bead stranding also helps promote independence. There isn’t an easy way for me to help him, so he knows he must master it on his own.
What other ways are you working on fine motor skills with your toddler? Let’s talk about it in the comments below!
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