Threading activities provide opportunities to practice hand-eye coordination, and develop fine motor skills. I thought that Threading Pool Noodles was an ingenious idea, and was excited to see how our little guy responded to them.
We used what we had on hand, which was just yarn and a clothespin. I have seen this activity done with long, thick ribbon for the threading as well. The string seemed to work just fine though.
Cut a pool noddle into one inch pieces. These will act as your “beads” when threading.
Take the clothespin and wrap the string around it several times. Secure with a few knots.
Show the child how to thread by taking the clothespin and pushing it though the hole in each pool noodle bead.
Encourage them to try it themselves!
Remember, practice makes perfect. This is an introductory activity, so you will want to give them plenty of opportunities to practice.
This is a great activity for hand eye coordination. It can also be a good way to try patterns with the colors for the kids.
After our little guy was tired of threading, he noticed the dishes of Spice Paints still sitting on the easel from a few days before. He wanted to use the pool noodle “beads” to paint. He spent more time painting than threading.