Threading craft project

Manipulating small objects helps to develop your child’s fine motor skills, visual tracking and hand-eye coordination skills.

Threading craft activities also help develop small muscle control, which is important for children as they are learning to write. As children become more capable in manipulating small objects, they also develop self-confidence and independence.

What you need:

  • string, cord or wool (tied to a small object at the end)
  • a bodkin or blunt needle
  • a hole punch
  • materials to be threaded (strips of paper, cut-up greeting cards, patty pans, straws, lace fabric, dry hollow pasta or beads).

Cut a piece of string, wool or cord long enough to make a necklace, tie a small object to one end as an anchor and a bodkin or blunt needle to the other.

Encourage your child to thread things onto the string. Discuss the size, colour and shape of the materials used and comment on the patterns or materials your child is trying out. To help them learn about patterns, demonstrate a pattern and ask your child to predict what would come next.

The finished threading can be made into a necklace or hung on a hook to be displayed.

Image Beads, buttons and other materials for a threading craft project

Published — 30 August 2016 Last updated — 04 November 2016