I’ve been thinking about getting Dustyfeet some threading beads, but yesterday I realised we already had some.
Stacking rings and the string of a pull-along horse!
Dustyfeet found this activity quite challenging – she could put the string through the hole, but couldn’t quite get the idea of keeping hold of it and pulling it through – it kept falling out. In the end, she opted for a collaboration: I held the rings and she threaded the string.
Then she took the horse for a walk, accompanied by a “caterpillar”.
It was a good opportunity to rediscover some of the features of the horse, too – she particularly admired its rather beautiful wheels (my aunt’s neighbour made this horse for her).
This morning we tried a different threading activity: pipe cleaners and cheerios. She found it much easier to thread the cheerios than the big beads – partly because the pipe cleaners are stiff and needle-like, whereas the string kept flopping about, and partly because the cheerios were just the right size to fit on the pipe cleaners – they only come off if you pull them off or, er, bite them off.
I showed her how to make a pipe cleaner bracelet. It didn’t last long, but I’m sure we’ll be making more of these. In fact, I’m wondering if I can get away with taking pipe cleaners on an aeroplane?