CARDBOARD CHRISTMAS TREE THREADING
Craft needles have been one of the best finds to have entered our ever growing armoury of craft ware. The girls love using them, although they do still need help with threading the yarn onto the needle, which by the way is not sharp; so is perfect for little hands to get busy.
I always have a good supply of cardboard in the garage. In fact there is an array of boxes which I scour the recycle yard for; then of course I keep all the scraps left over from various projects. It’s safe to say we have a lot of the stuff around. Drawing a really simple Christmas tree shape; I cut it out using a crafts knife and used it has a template to make a few more.
I purchased a single hole paper puncher from out local $2 store a while back. It’s honestly been so useful and is the perfect tool when you want to set up threading activities with the kids. After punching some holes around the edge of the cardboard tree, our threading was ready to begin.
Use shorter pieces of yarn so younger kids don’t get frustrated with it getting tangled. Here, I cut lengths of about 30cm. Children can always add a second or third length once they’ve threaded all of their first piece.
Knot a bead to the opposite end from the needle so that the kids don’t accidentally pull the other end all the way through as they are threading.
Provide children with a few different coloured yarns. They can choose to thread with one colour or more.
So as you can see, it’s an incredibly quick and easy activity to set up and is perfect for when your children need a calming exercise to re-charge and re-set their bodies and minds after a busy day of play and or learning. At the same time, they’re getting in some fine motor practice as they manipulate the needle and yarn through the different parts of the cardboard template. This acitvity is one that our preschooler has returned to quite a number of times.
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