Activity:

String Jewelry

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What You Need:

  • Bulletin board
  • Nickels
  • Pins
  • Heavy string
  • Fabric glue
  • Paint brush
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Felt
  • Button
  • Sewing scissors

What You Do:

  1. Have your child place a nickel on her bulletin board
  2. Let her outline the nickel with eight evenly spaced pins.
  3. Help her tie the string to one of the pins. 
  4. To create a snowflake pattern, show her how to stretch and wrap the string back and forth across the nickle until every pin has been wrapped.
  5. When she is done, have her tie the string around the final pin. 
  6. Let her use a paint brush to coat the string with fabric glue. Make sure she gets glue into all the nooks and crannies of the snowflake.
  7. Have your child repeat this process to make at least two more string snowflakes.
  8. After she has finished making all her snowflakes, let her leave them to dry overnight.
  9. When the glue has dried, help her gently remove each snowflakes from its pins
  10. Let her use scissors to trim any excess thread.
  11. Help her measure and cut a strip of felt to serve as her bracelet's base.
  12. Have her sew the snowflakes onto the bracelet. (If she's not comfortable with sewing, a hot glue gun will work just as well.)
  13. For the final addition, she needs to make a way to hold her bracelet closed.  Have her sew (or glue) the button on one end of the felt strip
  14. Then help her cut a button-hole slit -- just longer than the button -- on the other end.  The bracelet can now be buttoned closed.

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