Here is today's kids craft... (still trying to post one each Monday :))
I am certain I saw something similiar to this on a blog last year...forgive me for not telling you where/when- I can't remember...
This is a great activity for pre-schoolers and even kindergarteners. In fact, it is going to be one of my centers in pre-school this year :)
It is a great way to practice patterns.
Purchase some water noodles- I got mine at Target for about 75 cents each on clearance- in the dollar section. These are the same water noodles we used for the car racetrack.
Cut them up with your kitchen knife on a cutting board.
Buy some cording- I got mine at Wal-mart for about a dollar a yard. Tape the ends really well with clear packing tape so that they don't unravel and so that little hands can handle the cording easily. You could also use shoe laces for lacing.
To secure the end, I tied one water noodle piece right to the end of the cording so that they didn't fall off the end. ( you can probably see in the next picture)
Get to work making your patterns.
With my youngest son, I helped him at first, and then he caught right on and did it by himself.
My boys suddenly had new toy snakes to play with! And oh what fun they had- and are still having!
( p.s.I have a tutorial and a give-a-way coming this week for you :))