stringing beads

This practical life video lesson is designed for 3-6-year-old children to show how to thread a bead into a string.

What are Stringing Beads?

Stringing beads are also known as threading beads. Besides being fun, it is also a very informative activity for preschoolers. It has many developmental benefits.

Working with materials like beads, pasta, etc and thread gives children the confidence to work with everyday objects and perform a variety of different activities.

What is the Right Age to Introduce Threading Beads to a Child? 

Stringing can be a challenging activity for a child to master initially. But practice can help them overcome this challenge. Children can start learning to string beads as early as 18 months depending on their interest but by the age of 4 to 5 years, they can easily thread big beads and a thick thread as shown in the below image (the image will be added while uploading on the website) and even can make different patterns out of it.

Practice and time will help them become more proficient at threading smaller beads.

Tip: Start with large beads which have big holes.

What Do Children Learn by Stringing Beads?

Let us understand the 9 benefits of threading beads activities for toddlers and preschoolers.

Fine Motor Control

Threading beads activity is an excellent way to strengthen the finger muscles and their movement as they work together. It helps children develop fine motor skills essential for being able to pre-writing activities, buttoning the shirt, tie shoelaces, open containers, and more. 

Bilateral Coordination

It helps a child in building bilateral coordination skills as they hold beads from one hand and string from the other. It further helps them perform tasks such as dressing, cutting, pin pushing, tieing a shoelace, and many more. 

Color Recognition

Stringing colored beads is a great tool to practice color recognition and make patterns.

Visual Perception

It helps a child to build visual perception skills, which is important for pre-reading, letter recognition, and understanding lines, patterns, and shapes.

Hand-Eye Coordination

Stringing beads helps to improve hand-eye coordination in children at an early stage of development. 

Early Math Skills

Children learn the concept of numbers, sequence, patterns, and quantity using blocks and beads.

Concentration and Perseverance

Thread beading activity helps a child to build concentration and patience, as it requires a child to sit for a longer duration and complete the activity. They learn how to string a bead by failing and thus build perseverance.

Creativity and Problem-Solving

Children develop creativity when they string beads, as they can play with different colors, sizes, shapes, and materials. They also learn to solve problems for themselves.


String beads also introduce them to unfamiliar words as they perform the activity and thus help in language development.

How Do You Introduce the Threading Beads Activity to the Child?

  1. Invite the child to bring the stringing beads tray to the table
  2. Ask them to hold the string from their non-dominant hand
  3. Now ask the child to pick one bead using the dominant hand and show them how to pass the sting from its hole.
  4. Repeat the 3rd step with another bead.
  5. Ask the child to repeat the activity.

List of Other Materials Used for Stringing Beads Activities?

  • Pasta, macaroni
  • Pipes, straws
  • Left-over toilet rolls
  • paperclips, buttons, pompoms, etc

Watch the video to learn more and help the child develop various skills, such as fine motor, hand-eye coordination, and cognitive.

Let the child create a unique necklace for themselves.

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Video Created by: Strykun Olena



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