Friday, March 5, 2010

Fine Jewelry Artisians...

Well, maybe not for a few more years yet! I feel really guilty that I have not done any sort of bead stringing activity with the boys yet. I had an idea and planned to get the necessary supplies at Joann's the other day. I was disappointed with their selection of the beads and dowel rods I had pictured in my head. So, I decided I would just wait (again putting off a skill I knew I needed to work with them on!) and pick the supplies up somewhere else. Instead I did buy some pipe cleaners and small beads. I intended on saving these until the boys had perfected their fine motor skills with the large wooden beads and dowel rod stringing activity I had originally planned. Well, yesterday the boys had a ton of energy to burn and I had neglected to make plans to leave the house or prepare for a planned activity. So, after building with Lego's, reading lots of books, coloring, and playing with play dough all before 11am, we needed yet another activity! I decided to go ahead and bring out the beads and see what would happen. I worried that Ayden would try to eat the beads and that both boys would lack the fine motor skills and coordination to hold the pipe cleaner and the bead and put the pipe cleaner through the small hole of the bead. As it turns out, they didn't do too bad! I had to help them a lot but, they definitely had the idea down. After a bit Ayden did attempt to put a bead in his mouth. I don't think he would ever actually try to eat/swallow one. He has been going through a phase the last week or two where he has begun putting things in this mouth that he never use to. I think he is just being silly and "pretending" that it is food.

Here are a few pictures of the boys (aka - artisans) making their fine jewelery!




  1. What talented kids you have! My name is Abigail Pogrebin; I'm an identical twin and former 60 Minutes producer who just published a book about twins called "One and the Same." I think any parent of twins or multiples will find much to chew on and maybe some guidance as to how to dodge pitfalls of doubleness. I'd love to speak to you about the possibility of a book review and/or author Q&A. My email is,

  2. looks like the boys had a great time! melissa and doug make some really great lacing sets!!! o and c LOVE lacing beads!!!