Construction Paper (or old magazines for older children)
White Glue or Stick Glue
Pipe Cleaners (any color)
Pencil or Marker (round cylinder to wrap paper around to make beads)
15-20 minutes to make beads + drying time
What To Do:
- Cut strips of construction paper lengthwise in about 1 inch strips. You can let your child try this on his own. The strips do not have to be straight because you can fix that after the beads are made. If your child can not do this then you can start the project with strips of paper already there.
- Now you can either use white glue or a glue stick. Put glue along the entire length of the paper EXCEPT for the first inch. Wrap the paper around the cylinder so that the non-glue end of the paper goes on the cylinder (pen, pencil, marker) first. Continue wrapping it around until all of the paper strip is used. Avoid wrapping too tightly or you'll have trouble removing it.
NOTE: Although we used white glue I think would definitely use stick glue the next time because it dries faster, is easier for my kids to use, and is much less messy!
- Remove the paper bead from the cylinder by pushing it off the end. If it unwinds a little it's fine. Just push it back into shape.
- Set aside paper bead to fully dry.
- Repeat all steps until you've made as many beads as you'd like.
- One fun thing we did was cut some super skinny strips of paper. Then we glued a skinny strip onto a wider strip. This created some very fun looking beads. You might also want to add glitter or other decorations to make your beads sparkly.
- Once all beads are dry you can string them onto a pipe cleaner. Twist the ends of the pipe cleaner to close it. You can make bracelets, anklets, or necklaces!
Why We Love Crafts for Kids:
Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy! For
Children with Special Needs:
Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project. Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.
If your child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project. You may have to cut the strips of paper or use a larger cylinder to make the beads.
This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem. as well.
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