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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!
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