Pipe Cleaners for your Littlest Jeweler!
I got a package of beads in the mail the other day from a fellow etsy shopkeeper. We traded some alphabet cards for a bunch of beads that would be “Baby-Bug safe.” I was a bit worried that Bug might be too young for them. Not because she could choke on them but more because she often gets frustrated when she can’t do something that she really wants to do, like stick a flimsy piece of string through a little hole in the center of a bead. Even though I know it is good for her to get frustrated sometimes and work through it, it’s not so pleasant for me to watch her crumple onto the floor in tears because her brain wants to do something her fingers can’t.
I figured I’d try anyway. I had dinner to cook and I just wanted her to be occupied in some way besides watching cartoons all the live-long day. I set the beads on the coffee table in a jar along with the cording that Carleen had sent us. There were also some pipe cleaners on the table that we had been making spiders out of earlier in the day. I just hadn’t gotten around to putting them away.
As I was cooking away I noticed it was terribly quiet in the living room. I looked over and much to my surprise, Baby Bug was making necklaces without a hint of frustration. She was stringing the beads onto the pipe cleaners. No needle, no knots, no fuss, no mess! What a brilliant idea! Who needs cording when you can make bendable necklaces and bracelets and more out of pipe cleaners! My child is a genius!
It kept her busy for quite a while. It was great.
I’m not so sure the cats appreciated it though…
p.s. Yes, I know I need to do my kid’s hair. She doesn’t look like that all day. Just when she wakes up from her nap and we have crazy Santa Ana weather.
Thanks SAJ for the fun picture frame idea–my toddler and I made one today! I think I may try the beading with pipe cleaners this week..just need to get the beads! (pipe cleaners make really cool headbands too! http://sweetannarose.blogspot.com/2008/08/my-headband.html)
How cute! That idea is brilliant – you can tell she has good crafting genes. :)
I love it. The cat seems to like them too ;).
When my kids were little they used to make bead bracelets, too! That’s so smart of Bug to figure it out herself!
Must buy beads and pipe cleaners as soon as possible.
I actually love her hair.
Chico loves stringing beads on pipecleaners. FYI, you can find oversized, brightly-colored plastic beads at places like JoAnn or Wally’s. Chico strings them onto pipecleaners, er, excuse me, I mean Chenelle Stems (’cause we’re fancy like that) and then we join several to make insects or animals.
There ya go, girl-child! If only I could more often remember not to over-complicate things. Thank you for the reminder, precious child.
Hee-hee, Azul said Chenelle Stems! Yeah, time for bed for this lady.
If you haven’t already, try giving Baby Bug a pile of loose change and a piggy bank to occupy herself for a while. I taught my daughter all about money like this, and she is so cute whenever she sees money now. “Quarters!” “Pennies!” And I say, Sweetie, it’s for Disneyworld.
I love the squiggly shadow the pipe cleaner on the table is casting!
Now I totally want to do this with Emily!
I agree with Bethany Actually. Those are some great pictures. Makes me want to go crinkle up some pipe cleaner in the sunshine.
My littlun was calling to go do “PRAWJEK! PRAWJEK!” and I was finishing an email and decided to glance here first. SO glad I did!
Got some gold costume buttons I’d purchased for a Roman party WAY before Maggie (age 2) was born and some pipe cleaners and she had a blast for about 45 minutes. We’re going to watch a little Curious George and head back up for “MORE PRAWJEK!”
I am very impressed at BB’s problem solving abilities!
Such beautiful light in these photos .
My 2.5yo is always happiest when her hair can “blow away” like a big girl. It naturally parts on the side, rather like BB’s, so it’s not in her face too much.
And we have plastic beads and elastic cord. I have always helped with the elastic cord (not because she can’t string them, but because the beads fall off the other end). I would never have though of the pipe cleaners. We will have to try that.
If the beads are falling off the other end you can tie a knot around a bead as a stop. Then remove it when she is done stringing the beads and tie a knot with both strings.
That is seriously a fantastic idea! I’m always looking for things to amuse my 3-year old while I’m feeding the 8-month old or making dinner and that would be perfect.
I love her hair. These pictures are so intimate and loving that it makes me wish I had a daughter.