August 17, 2012
Guess what my 4-year-old is doing that kept him completely focused for over an hour this morning.
We borrowed some pony beads from his sister and a dug a few pipe cleaners out of the craft cupboard.
And since I suggested he try to make some patterns with the beads, we’re calling it ‘pre-school math’.
The final result? A proud boy with his necklace.
- Pipe cleaners.
- Pony beads or any other larger beads that little fingers can handle.
- Round cereal like Cheerios, Fruit Loops, or Apple Jacks so you can eat your creation when you’re done.
- One or more bored children.
- Start by sorting the different colored pony beads into their own containers at the beginning = more math!
- Cut the pipe cleaners shorter to make bracelets and rings, or twist two together to make a necklace. Bend a hook on one end to keep the beads from sliding off the edge. To finish the piece, bend a small hook in each end and then tuck the sharp point under a bead.
- Start with simple patterns and move to more complex ones.
- Demonstrate new patterns and play the “What comes next?” game by starting a pattern and asking the other person what the next beads are. Take turns so your child can try to stump you too.
- Write a blog post about the activity so your little one can grin at his pictures on the computer.
Do you have any fun preschool activities that keep the kiddoes busy? I can always use good ideas!