Toddler Beading

January 24, 2008 at 7:50 pm 1 comment

In my store, I often have customers who are young mothers. They need to bead, but they have a small child who needs to be entertained, and who is also fascinated by mommy’s beading. Here are some ideas for those of you who have the same problem.

Cut yarn into 2 foot long strips. Give the children a big bowl of cheerios and fruit loops and tell them “these are YOUR beads!” Let them string their “beads” onto the yarn, and when they are happy with their beadwork (be sure to lavish the praise along the way), tie their yarn into a knot, let them put on their beautiful creation, and then let them eat the necklace while they watch TV or play.

Use this opportunity to teach your child to respect your beads and know the difference between their beads and yours. VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure they understand that your beads do not go in the mouth! Some of our beads are delicious looking. And…tying something around your child’s neck can be a strangulation hazard as well. Be sure your child is well-supervised while wearing his or her necklace, and throw away or cut open the yarn when the “beads” have been consumed.

Even more fun, use licorice ropes to string the cereal on. This will eliminate the concerns about choking on the yarn…and it will make your dentist very happy. 🙂

Another idea is to use those big wooden macramé beads. For small children, though, make sure the beads do not present a choking hazard. Square beads are really great for this. Plastic pony beads, large animal-shaped beads and so forth can be added to the mix. Along with this, give them long shoe-strings in bright colors (check the closeout section of your local variety stores.) Children can make necklaces, pull-toys and so forth with their creations.

For older children, try making beads from dryer lint, potatoes and other materials. There are lots of “recipes” for these available. If any of you are interested in more recipes for hand-crafted beads, please let me know and I will include some of these recipes in a future blog entry.

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Entry filed under: Beading for Kids, Stringing, Teaching Beadwork.

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  • 1. Mary Nordlund  |  January 27, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    I saw your classes listed in the West Windsor Plainsboro Community Education Spring 2008 catalog. I live in an “over 55” community in East Windsor and the people here are looking for someone to give instruction in exactly what you do.

    Do you ever give instructional classes, such as the ones you offer in the catalog, at “over 55” places? We are interested in having someone come here. Is this something you do?

    Thanks,
    Mary Nordlund

    Reply

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