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Pony Beads and Pipe Cleaners

April 16, 2014


Sometimes I try and get really creative with activity ideas for Jbird.


I had the brilliant idea to put some assorted seeds into a jar and have her scoop and sort the seeds. (when I say it out loud, I can see how boring that probably is. BUT THE KIDS ON PINTEREST SEEMED TO LOVE IT)

Yea, that went over like a lead balloon.

She looked at it and said “Seeds?!”…then walked away totally offended.

My bad.


Then there were the marbles. Lord help me…how stupid could I be!


Look! It’s marbles! and numbers! Counting! Sorting! I’m so clever!


Nope. I was given a stare that is pretty much the toddler equivalent of flipping someone off.

Try again.


If there’s one thing parenting has taught me, it’s this: Keep It Simple.


Frustrated, I pulled out a few pipe cleaners from the closet; along with a jar of pony beads.


Here! Play with these!


…and she did. For HOURS.


Carefully choosing colors that would look nice next to each other.

Carefully threading them on to the pipe cleaner.

Then, once a pipe cleaner was totally filled with beads, it was my job to join the 2 ends and make it a proper bracelet.


I even got some new jewelry out of the deal.

Maybe one day I’ll learn.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Jessica April 17, 2014 at 6:25 am

    We play with pipe cleaners often, but I’ve been unsure about playing with pony beads….I imagined several getting consumed by Sam, and a hot mess of beads rolling into every corner and crack of my kitchen, because kids are awesome at spilling the tiny things, lol. I tried this activity with the Big B’s yesterday. They loved it! Sam did just as good as Hazel at popping beads on his pipe cleaner, and as far as I know he didn’t scarf down a single bead. Winning! Thanks for sharing:)

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