Immy loves threading and when I shared last week on the Childhood 101 Facebook page that Immy was threading, one friend asked where I had sourced the supplies we were using.
Often before we begin, Immy and I have a ‘threading hunt!’ Looking for items from around our home that are suitable for threading (Immy knows that they need a hole large enough for her chunky needle and thread to fit through). Our searching sees us hunting through everything from stationery drawers to toolboxes in the garage!
Here is a list of what Immy used for her most recent threading activity;
- Large, blunt needle and embroidery thread. I tie the thread to the needle so that it cannot slip off and tie one of the threading objects to the other end of the string as a stopper
- Buttons – our collection includes buttons that have been gifted to us from my grandmother and buttons from a local, large craft/haberdashery store
- Cotton reels – some are recycled sewing supplies and some were purchased as a bag of multi-sized wooden reels from a large craft/haberdashery store
- Commercial beads – most of these have been re-purposed from old costume jewelry and my own craft supplies
- Homemade clay beads – you will find a tutorial for making clay beads with your child in the first issue of Play Grow Learn
- Bolts and washers raided from Dad 101’s supply in the garage
- Old keys and key ring loops
- Parts from flat packs that we never quite worked out what they were for or decided we didn’t need 🙂
Threading is a great fine motor activity for preschoolers, requiring hand-eye co-ordination and control of the muscles of the hand and fingers. And it is a great quiet time activity for those moments when everything needs to slow down and re-centre 🙂
Why not plan a threading hunt at your house today!