Large Bead Stringing is one of the first works within Practical Life's Care of the Environment. A powerful yet simple exercise that works fine motor skills and a child's development of focus. With patterning, Lacing Beads also provides a young child exposure to early math.
Learn the Sewing Sequence
- Large Bead String
- Sewing Cards
- Measuring Thread
- Introducing Threads
Large Bead Stringing Lesson
The age of the child for this lesson ranges from 3 to 6 years old. The lesson includes a basket of large wooden beads & laces. Finally, there are no prerequisites.
Invite child, retrieve a rug and have the child carry the basket to meet you.
Show child tip of the string: “Stiff like a needle.” Explain the purpose of “keeper” bead.
Show the child the hole. Hold the bead with sub-dominant hand and push the tip of the string through the hole with your forefinger and thumb.
Pull the string through each bead until it meets the “keeper” bead: “Click” as each bead touches.
To unstring, slide one bead off the string at a time and place in the basket.
Wrap string around hand loosely and place in the basket. Offer the child a turn.
Control of Error:
- String not going through the hole
- Going through the bead more than once
Points of Interest:
- Watching the lace come through the other end of the bead
- Making a string bead necklace
- The sound of the beads hitting once another
- Using every one of the beads in the basket
Preparation for sewing
Tip, through, hole, sew, keeper bead
Pretty simple, right?