- TWINE (or yarn or a lace, etc)
- OBJECTS* to thread
- Small BASKET
*The objects I used were random bits of piping. You can find cheap beads at the Dollar Store and intriguing objects to thread from the hardware store. The objects I chose were identical except for color. The direct aim is fine motor skill development but an indirect aim for my 3.5 year child, at the very least, is pattern work.
I knotted the twine and then glued one objects at the base of the twine. Twine also provided a nice tactile sensory experience.
I called my almost 2 year old over and told him I wanted to show him something new: “Twine. Piping.” I said only those two words then demonstrated the threading in silence.
He was immediately interested and began trying on his own once I had finished introducing the work. It was pretty amazing to observe something so simple and so inexpensive be so effective at developing a 2 year old.
I hope we inspired you today.