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Toddler Activities: 4th of July Pony bead Necklace

Toddler Activities: Patriotic Star Necklace with Pony Beads

patriotic star pony bead necklace DESCRIPTION

Here is a toddler activity using red, white (or silver) and blue star beads to make a necklace or bracelet. Easy classroom craft! Add a charm to personalize it.


  • Red, white (or silver) and blue star or pony beads.
  • Stretch Magic or Beading Cord

  • Charms (optional)


  • Scissors
  • Craft Glue
  • Small Piece of Tape

    1. Separate beads by color in a muffin tin or plastic containers.
    2. Measure a length of beading cord around your child's wrist or neck. Be sure to add about 6 inches or more to make it easier to string.
    3. Fold a small piece of masking or packing tape at the bottom of the bead string. This will keep beads from sliding off.

    4. Lay out a pattern of red, white (or silver) and blue beads.
    5. String beads and add charms if you desire.
    6. Hold securely and try on child before knotting.
    7. Tie a double knot and add a drop of craft glue especially if you use stretchy beading cord which can slip.
    8. Let dry and snip extra cord.


  • Great opportunity to practice counting.

  • For older toddlers you might want to introduce a complex pattern like RR, WW, BB or RR, W, BB.

    Numbers and Number Sense

  • Counting: Practicing counting how many of one color.
  • Represent (How many is two,three, etc?) Ask your child to give you two beads.
  • Quantity (More, Less, Equal): Make two piles and ask which one has more or less.
  • Patterns, Sorting and Classifying (Algebra and Functions)

  • Sorting Objects by Attribute (color, size or shape): Sorting by color in muffin tins
  • Simple Patterns: Laying beads out in a row in simple patterns and identifying the next bead.

    In the United States Independence Day, often called the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Many people celebrate Independence Day by sending off fireworks, attending parades, having barbecues or holding picnics.

    A great way to introduce an activity is to find a book about the topic.

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