Patriotic Pony Bead Necklace
Here is a toddler activity using red, white (or silver) and blue star beads to make a necklace or bracelet. Perfect for the Fourth of July or just for fun. Easy classroom craft or a art center activity! Focus on patterns, shapes and the fine motor skills. Add a charm to personalize it.
- Red, white (or silver) and blue pony beads.
- Stretch Magic or Beading Cord
- Charms (optional)
- Craft Glue like Fabri Tac
- Small Piece of Tape
- Separate beads by color in a muffin tin or plastic containers.
- 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.
- Fold a small piece of masking or packing tape at the bottom of the bead string. This will keep beads from sliding off.
- Lay out a pattern of red, white (or silver) and blue beads.
- String beads and add charms if you desire.
- Hold securely and try on child before knotting.
- Tie a double knot and add a drop of craft glue especially if you use stretchy beading cord which can slip if you don't secure it with glue.
- Let dry and snip extra cord.
Tips and Suggestions
- 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.