Simple Threading Activities for Toddlers! What is a Threading Activity?
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Threading activities are fantastic fine motor activities for toddlers and preschoolers to do!
After sharing our cereal threading activity the other day, I wanted to find more ways for kids to thread.
I started hunting and hunting for the best threading activities for kids.
And upon searching, I came across many lacing activities, weaving activities and sewing activities… and it made me ask:
What is a threading activity?
I had to look it up!
I searched online and found on Google the following threading definition:
verb: put (beads, chunks of food, or other small objects) together or singly on a thread, chain, or skewer that runs through the center of each one.
In terms of a threading activity to do with kids, that means that the kids would be putting (threading) numerous small objects onto a longer object.
Makes sense I think.
So that’s what I’m including here. Only threading activities where toddlers are putting numerous objects onto a longer object.
Simple Threading Activities to Try With Your Toddler
- Letter Bead Bracelet Hands On As We Grow
- Pool Noodle Stringing Money Saving Mom
- Button Snake Happy Hooligans
- Threading Pipe Cleaners Busy Bag Powerful Mothering
- Thread Buttons on Pipe Cleaners Mama Miss
- Straw Threaded Necklace Hands On As We Grow
- Thread Egg Cartons Hands On As We Grow
- Fruit Loop Necklace Hands On As We Grow
- Threaded Bird Feeder Hands On As We Grow
- Twizzlers Threading No Time for Flash Cards
- Leaf Threading The Mud Kitchen
- Threading with Crazy Straws Powerful Mothering
- Pasta Threading Teaching 2 & 3 Year Olds
- Feather Beading Sugar Aunts
- Cardboard Bead Threading The Imagination Tree
- Threading with Practice Golf Balls Paging Fun Mums
- Threading Cheerios Hands On As We Grow
- Beading a Rainbow I Can Teach my Child
- Bead Mazes Teach Preschool
How do I teach my toddler threading?
Threading comes pretty naturally to toddlers and preschoolers. Show them once and they will want to try!
Don’t overcomplicate it.
However, there are a few tricks to making it succsesful from the start.
- Start with larger items to work with first. Like pool noodles, cut toilet paper rolls, and even o shaped cereals.
- Go with stiffer thread items instead of string for the first few times. Items like straws, spaghetti, pipe cleaners, or stiffer cords.
- When you move onto string make sure the end is either taped down to a surface or has something tied to the end to prevent everything from falling right off.
- Another tip to help toddlers have success with threading activities using strong or yarn is to be sure you can do it with your non-dominant hand! If its hard for you, then it will be frustrating for them.
- Add a plastic needle, or tape around the threading tip so it won’t fray.
Check out these super simple stacking toy style threading activities to start early!
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Spice it Up with Sewing and Weaving Activities
In case you’re curious, here’s a couple sewing activities to try too:
- Stitched Apple Sewing Activity from No Time for Flash Cards
- Sewing Buttons from Play to Learn Preschool
- Sewing Busy Book from Teach Preschool
And a few weaving activities if you’re interested:
- Big Weaving
- Fork Weaving
- Pipe Cleaner Weaving from JDaniel4’s Mom
- Ribbon Weaving from Totally Tots