Last week Gavin started back to school. He was ready to get back. It makes me so proud and happy that he enjoys school (for now). Graylie is in a half day preschool for a few days a week. She is also ready to go back but her school slowly starts this week. We had a bit of a hard time adjusting to our DIY Summer Camp being over and Gavin not being around. She thrives on lots of activity so I knew I needed to create something. That’s when I decided it would be fun for us to do this Spaghetti Bead Towers Fine Motor Activity. It is perfect for preschoolers!
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Bead Tower Activity for Fine Motor Skills
We have accumulated a lot of beads over the last few weeks. Graylie has really gotten into making bead bracelets ever since we did them for Olympics Week. For this project you can use any beads you have on hand. We get the majority of our beads from Dollar Tree.
I also found this tray at Dollar Tree. It is perfect for activities like this one. Having the beads contained was helpful. It can be frustrating for them (and us) when they start to roll off the table.
To get started, gather the beads that you want to use. Then grab a few dry spaghetti noodles out of your pantry. Stick those into a ball of play dough and you are ready to go! We used our Homemade Glitter Play Dough that we made several months ago. I couldn’t believe how soft it still was.
Once you have the activity set up, have your child start threading the beads onto the dry spaghetti noodles. You could even ask them to do a pattern. We just had fun with it this time and randomly selected beads for our towers.
This ended up being a lot of fun for both of us. After making the bead towers, she also had fun just playing with the play dough and the beads together. This activity is great for preschoolers. I would not recommend it for under three years old since they may want to put the beads in their mouths.
I actually was inspired by a few crafts I saw on Pinterest using Cheerios instead of beads for a similar activity. Since the Pinterest Challenge is still going strong, I decided to do this one for Week 35. If you are looking for more Preschool Activities, be sure to follow my board! We will be doing lots of fun preschool activities for the next several months.
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