Mini Makers: Felt Shapes and Bead Necklace

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We’re at a tricky phase in our house where my Little Buttons have different routines. Harper hasn’t napped in a while (unless of course we’re in the car and my phone has run out of battery so I’m sat there twiddling my thumbs – anyone else have completely wasted nap opportunities like this?! I digress), Grayson on the other hand has a daily lunchtime sleep. So I’ve been trying to think of ‘big girl’ activities that Harper and I can do while the little one sleeps. I find it tricky to squeeze in craft projects when Grayson is awake as he wants to just a) eat everything or b) grab it from the table, run and hide and then try to eat it. So I’ve been coming up with a few ‘little bits’ activities to do with Harper during these nap times. This felt shapes and bead necklace was a good way for her to practise the fine motor skill of threading, and to make a colourful necklace at the same time.

You will need:

  • Thin elastic
  • Felt
  • Beads
  • Hole punch
  • Sticky tape (optional)

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1.Begin by cutting your felt shapes. I did this before we sat down, as there’s only so much waiting around Harper can manage. Once you’ve cut your shapes, punch a hole in the middle of them.

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2.Cut your elastic a few inches longer than you’d like the necklace to be and put all your beads and felt shapes into little pots.

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3. To begin, tie a double knot a few inches down from one end and check the beads don’t fall off. Then get threading. If little ones find it tricky to thread the beads on, you can wrap some sticky tape on the end so it resembles a shoelace. Leave a few inches spare on the end of the elastic. Once it’s been filled up, tie a knot in it and tie the two pieces together to form a necklace. You can buy quick-release necklace mechanisms online if you fancy using them instead.

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As I wanted Harper to do this independently, and for me not to take over, I sat with her and did my own version and actually it was quite a good way to model how to do it. We had a lovely little chat about all the shapes and different colours at the same time.

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She really enjoyed making the necklace and now wants to make a whole heap more. I might have to brush up on my friendship bracelet skills next! I love this photo of Harper above as you can just see her rabbit poking in at the side. She’s had it since she was born and it just shows she’s still every bit the baby despite all her protests of being a really big girl now.

~ Laura xx ~