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July 15, 2008

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Linny

I blue tac a row of needles already threaded and tied off to the side of the cabinet. The child simply selects a needle and places it in their basket when selecting items to thread. Hope this helps you.

Nila

i love the idea of making bracelets some times..i should try that in my classroom too..thnx.

vintage pendants

Nice materials, but where is the result? I thought to see the beautiful necklace you are creating here. Anyway, it's good post, I enjoy of reading:)

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I love your blog because I've a lot on this..

Debmom4ca

I like the idea of using a needle. It gives a more "real life" application to the activity.

Andrea

Another option, other than the glue, would be to pre-thread the needles and then stick them into some kind of big pin cushion so they are not in the basket. The pincushion and basket of supplies could be together on a tray for them to carry.

Pecos Blue

Great idea. Thank you.

Lakisa

Wow, I love the idea of using a needle. Thank you for the inspiration. I really enjoy your blog too. I've beeen reading about a month and have found the info to be tremendous.

Neus

Instead of using a needle, I cover the end of the thread with some scotch tape.

Lindart

I do this in my class too, but the pipe cleaner spirals are new to me and very cool!! Good idea to get a step up on the pasta dying, I must do that too. Also, I don't use the yarn, I use gimp, like a flat plastic thread, and I tie a pony bead at one end, and wrap it around my two fingers, then clip it with a child's hair clip -the kind that has teeth. The child can use this without a needle because the gimp is stiff, and needs no teacher help except to tie at the end of the process. The bundles are kept as you keep your yarn. BTW I even use the same bowl you do!! Also, try bracelets some months, just use shorter string.

Shannon

For Josh, I just dip the end of the yarn in glue and let them dry, usually overnight. The glue makes the end hard enough to easily string beads and pasta. This has been his favorite activity since we started with Montessori preschool. Also...he often makes snakes instead of necklaces. It uses less material and it appeals to his "boyness"!

Oh and, do you encourage the patterning? Or do they eventually just do it on their own after working with patterns elsewhere? He still has never made a pattern in a necklace. However, is great with patterning in other work...maybe he just does not need too?!

Shannon

For Josh, I just dip the end of the yarn in glue and let them dry, usually overnight. The glue makes the end hard enough to easily string beads and pasta. This has been his favorite activity since we started with Montessori preschool. Also...he often makes snakes instead of necklaces. It uses less material and it appeals to his "boyness"!

Oh and, do you encourage the patterning? Or do they eventually just do it on their own after working with patterns elsewhere? He still has never made a pattern in a necklace. However, is great with patterning in other work...maybe he just does not need too?!

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