Recently I have been trying to do more activities with both children, and more so with Archie while Sophia is at school. Having two is a lot different to having one, and I feel like Sophia had the full benefits of my time when it was just us.
So on that note I decided to try beading with Archie. Sophia loves beading and we do it often together. Just recently too as she received a Melissa and Doug Beading set for her birthday. This is what I used with Archie, as well as some beads I already had. I found these beads for younger children, if you wanted to start earlier. And Hobbycraft have a great selection of beads to choose from if you wanted to look there too. They currently have 15% off everything online at the moment.
As with many activities for toddlers and children there is always an opportunity to learn. I wasn’t aware just how much they are able to learn from beading and how good it is for their development. There are different skills they can learn at different ages. Here are some:
1.Fine Motor Skills
Which is learnt from a very young age. Children use different grasps to grab different sized beads. This is great for preschool children as they use the same muscle that helps them hold a pencil correctly. Using smaller beads helps with increasing strength and coordination in the fingers.
2.Visual perceptual skills
They have to use their visual memory when making patterns with the beads. Children learn coordination using their eyes and hands at the same time.
Of course there are many other skills children can learn, as while I beaded with Archie I spoke to him about the colours and whether the beads were big or small. I also encouraged him to count how many he had on his piece of string and talking to your child of course develops their social skills. The counting and identifying colours develops his cognitive skills too.
I definitely know how life can become so busy you don’t feel there is enough time to sit quietly and start activities like these with small children especially if you have a busy schedule. But beading can be as quick or as slow paced activity as you and your child want. There is still time to learn in just spending ten minutes with your child beading. There is also nothing stopping you from taking it with you on your journey. Just make sure there is a knot at the end of the string, or if at home you could cello-tape it to the table as to stop the beads from going all over the floor. Sometimes of course this is inevitable with toddlers.
Does you child enjoy beading? If so what age did you introduce it? Archie is nearly two years old now and I feel I have introduced a little late, only as I was doing it a lot earlier with Sophia. But saying that while watching him try beading, he is just about ready as he can get the bead on the string himself but a few times asked for me to ‘do it’ for him.
I would love to hear what your thoughts are on beading with your toddler?