For a decade or so I’ve had our preschoolers make necklaces to wear at our Thanksgiving feast. This easy Thanksgiving necklace for kids involves simple counting, like with our ladybug craft. I cut an egg carton so that there were 5 cups, one for each piece of macaroni to be strung on the necklace. Not only is this a great counting activity, but also 1:1 correspondence. Of course, what the preschoolers love is the threading, as it is one of their favorite fine motor activities. When they are finished threading the 5 macaroni pieces, we make it into a necklace!
What we used for our easy Thanksgiving necklaces:
Dyed pieces of dry macaroni
Tray with dividers or marked sections, 1-10
Empty egg carton, cut so that it has 5 cups
Setting up this activity:
Write numbers 1 – 5 in the egg carton’s cups. Place 1 macaroni in each cup, or have the child do this for extra counting fun.
Making these easy Thanksgiving necklaces:
Show the child how to use the non-dominant hand (helper hand, a we call it) to hold the tip of the yarn while using the dominant hand (worker hand) to pick up and thread the macaroni.
Some of our favorite fine motor tools:
More ideas for young children:
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