BEAD-MAKING FOR KIDS

Sometimes, a colorful matching bracelet and necklace made with beads is all you need to brighten a gloomy day. From bracelets to necklaces and bags, you can help your kids explore the boundless potentials of bead-making in the world of art and craft.

Beading is beneficial to children in a lot of ways. It’s indeed an excellent leisure activity that can promote the development of your kids. Notice how the art of beading enhances fine motor skills, visual perception skills, visual motor skills (Eye-Hand coordination), cognitive skills, Maths skills, and even social skills in your kids! In summary, beading is fun and gives excellent developmental benefits!

Not children of all ages can string beads. But who cares? Even your 9-month old who’s trying to devise a scheme to grasp some beads and put them in its mouth is beading too – just in a different kind of way – duh! Just some free advice – put the beads in sensory bags so your kid can explore all it wants without swallowing the beads. 

A certain level of fine motor skills is usually required for kids to string beads successfully. Manufacturers often include recommended ages on art kits, and that’s a good thing. Follow the recommendations because if a child is unable to string 2-5 beads together successfully, frustration could set in. In all, let an adult supervise the beading processes to guide the kids better.

Without further ado, let’s delve into the art of bead making. There are several types of beads and a myriad of things to make with these beads. For kids, we may have to keep it simple – don’t even entertain the idea of making a 3D human-sized elephant with beads. That becomes a punishment of sorts to your kids, not fun! Bigger kids can independently choose to take on such a project if they fall in love with the beading.

So much talk! Want to learn how to make a bracelet with beads? Let’s start with bracelets!

Making bracelets and necklaces with beads

Fashion comes and goes, but an elastic bracelet will always remain trendy! Here’s how to successfully clasp one of those beauties around the wrists of your kids.

1. Don’t choose an elastic that is too thin – except you want the bracelet to last only a few minutes around their wrists.

2. Don’t use crimp beads as they will cut the elastic stretch cords.

3. Measure the size of the wrist. You don’t want to end up making a necklace instead of a bracelet.

4. Cut the cord – allow for a little extra as you’ll have to tie the cords.

5. String the beads through the holes in them until the cord is almost entirely occupied, leaving ends that you can knot.

6. Tie the loose ends.

7. Put them on!

Repeat the same steps for a necklace after measuring the neck size and leaving a lot of space. These beaded bands are also wearable on the ankles. In all, don’t forget to capture the moment! Best of luck with your kids!