Wouldn’t it be great to know where your child was at all times? Here’s how…make them jingle! Children love DIY projects that they can wear and jingle bells are a seasonal must-have! Homemade headbands, jewelry, and belts?? Yes please! What other jingling creations can your child come up with?
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Jingle bells, pipe cleaners
WHAT TO DO: Allow younger children to string jingle bells on pipe cleaners. Simple, easy, fine motor fun! Twist the ends to enjoy them as necklaces and bracelets. Twist 2-3 pipe cleaners together to make jingle belts and headbands. Earrings? If your child has pierced ears, simply hang a small loop of the pipe cleaner from the post with one jingle bell laced on. We found this works best with a rubber back to the earring so it maintains a tight hold.
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-Using different types of laces can change the difficulty of this activity. Lacing jingle bells on string, yarn, or ribbon increases the fine motor challenge.
-Have the child place the jewelry on YOU for some more motor planning fun.
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Bilateral coordination, fine motor skills, finger isolation, visual motor integration
Want to take a closer look at the skills kids are using in this activity? Check out our Clinical Closeup page, where we break down the skills listed below in terms everyone can understand.
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