During our gardening camp, I decided to invite the children to make nature stick necklaces. I love to use natural materials and was inspired by a similar activity I found floating around Pinterest. I wanted to add a bit more, so I decided to add some fine motor by threading dyed macaroni pieces. What a fun activity this turned out to be!
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What you will need:
- short sticks (a bit over an inch or longer – whatever you prefer)
- tempera paint
- dyed macaroni (or beads)
I gathered sticks from around our building and cut them into 1.5 – 2 inches.
I then invited the children to paint them.
How to assemble:
I placed the dyed macaroni on a plate.
And gave them a choice of what yarn color they wanted.
Now for the fine motor part.
The children counted out 3 macaroni pieces and threaded them onto the stick.
They picked out what color yarn they wanted and I tied it at the ends of each side of the stick, double-knotting it. (Note: for extra security you could add some glue between the yarn and the stick.)
Adjust the yarn to desired length.
They loved wearing these!
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