Threading Pipe Cleaners for Christmas

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I had intended this project as a fine motor activity with a holiday twist for Veronika, but big brother Travis immediately wanted in on the action, too, so it makes a great project for the whole family on a winter afternoon.

First up, I filled a tray with the following: sparkly red, silver, and green chenille stems; red and green beads; and an assortment of colored jingle bells.

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I showed Veronika how to thread a bead onto one of the pipe cleaners.

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She took a few tries, but then was much more interested in the jingle bells. She actually was quite skilled at inserting a pipe cleaner into the narrow loop on each bell!

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I helped a little and she produced this little bracelet.

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Travis jumped in on the action and wanted to make holiday gifts for friends, a unexpected bonus of the activity.

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I was so proud that he even made patterns, counting out the same number and color of beads on each side of his jingle bells.

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Meanwhile, Veronika was honing those fine motor skills or just busy digging through the materials as if this were a sensory tray. Between the sparkly chenille stems and the jingling bells, there was lots to love!

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