Tot School Tuesday: Beaded Candy Cane Ornaments

Hi friends!
Welcome to Tot School Tuesdays! I’m co-hosting the fabulous Vanessa of See Vanessa Craft. Be sure to pop on over and see what her fun tot activity it this week!
A few weeks ago I shared some of the fine motor skills exercises and activities my preschooler does at home…remember that? Well, today I’m going to share a fun Christmas craft for your tot or preschooler that will also help exercise those fine motor skills…

Aren’t they sweet?
My 4 year old and I made a list of her friends, counted them up, and got to work beading.
Festive beads 
(I got a big bag for a $1 at JoAnn’s)
Pipe cleaners
(You can find these at Dollar Tree)
Baker’s twine
(Found mine in Target’s dollar spot)
Ice cube tray (optional)
(2 for $1 at Dollar Tree)

Empty bag of beads into an ice cube tray.
Cut the pipe cleaners in half. 
Add a bead to the ends and wrap the end of the pipe cleaner around it.
Hand it off to your tot or preschooler to “thread” beads onto the pipe cleaner.
(If your child is older, encourage them to try out different patterns or to count how many red, white. green, etc. they used on a pipe cleaner.)
When your tot/preschooler gets to the end of the pipe cleaner, wrap the end around the last bead to secure.
Slightly bend the top of the beaded pipe cleaner into the shape of a candy cane.
Cut a small piece of baker’s twine and tie to the top of the candy cane…include a loop to hang it on the tree.

Didn’t they turn out so cute? 
My preschooler did about 6 the first day and 4 the next day…and she is requesting to make some for our tree now. I’m thinking these were a hit : )
Okay! Now it’s your turn to link up your Tot School ideas!

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  1. sooo cute! Thank you for the tutorial. It’ll be a perfect craft for my niece!

  2. What a fun party idea! Thank you! Thank you! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  3. How fun!! I think my 2 year old would even enjoy this activity!


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