Kids Craft Idea – Making a Beaded Necklace

September 11th, 2009 | by Suki |

A fun craft at a party for children of any age are beaded necklaces. Even very young children (ages 2 1/2 and up) enjoy this activity.

beads

Supplies

Yarn or heavy string cut into 32″ lengths

Plastic beads (also called pony beads) in various colors

Beads with letters on them

Masking tape

Small containers to hold the beads

Large wooden beads (optional)

Permanent marker (optional)

To set up, place the beads in small containers. You can separate them by color to make it easier for your guests to find the ones they want.

Also, the ends of the strings need to be prepared so they don’t fray, especially if you are using yarn. You can either wrap the end tightly with a small piece of masking tape or melt the end of the string with a match. Tie a knot in one end of the string, or, if the knot won’t stay or isn’t big enough, tie a bead at one end.

Now you’re ready to begin! Allow children to choose the beads they want to include on their necklace and show them how to string the beads. You can explain how to create patterns with the colors (i.e. pink, white, green, pink, white, green), or they might choose all the same color. If letter beads are available, you can show them how to spell out their names or even a fun phrase (i.e. I-LOVE-CATS). If you’re celebrating a holiday, you might choose to use holiday colors, such as red, white, and pink for Valentine’s Day or green, red, and white for Christmas.

When the necklace is complete, simply tie the two ends together in a knot. The necklace should be big enough to slip over the child’s head.

Variation:

If you have children at the party who don’t want to make a necklace, encourage them to make a beaded snake instead. Have them fill the string with beads, ending with a large wooden bead. You can tie off the last bead and cut off the excess string, leaving enough for its “tongue,” or you could just tie off the last bead and leave the string so the child can pull the snake along. Use a fine-tipped permanent marker, such as a sharpie, to draw the snake’s eyes on either side of the wooden bead.

Guest Blog – Samantha Bell
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