Saturday, December 29, 2012
Salt Dough Bead Necklace
I'm trying to do more activities to help Chiquita with her fine motor skills, like Stringing Snakes. We've done necklaces out of cereal a few times, but Chiquita has always wanted to eat them instead of string them! I can't seem to convince her yet that she'll get to eat them after she puts them on the necklace.
So I decided to make Salt Dough beads (same recipe as our Homemade Ornaments). I just mixed up a quarter batch and divided it in three. I made a little cup and put a few drops of food coloring in it and had Chiquita squish it up until it was mixed! She liked that part a lot and it worked well until the 3rd color when I wasn't watching as well and she decided to wear it as a hat (oops). We added some glitter to.
Then I made a bunch of little balls and Chiquita helped me poke them onto a skewer to make a hole. Then we baked them for a few hours.
When we got to stringing the beads on I found that a pipe cleaner was still the easiest for Chiquita to manipulate so we used a pipe cleaner and made a color pattern (just like Millie, Chiquita said). To make it long enough for a necklace I twisted each end into a hole and tied ribbon on.
Chiquita wore it for a while and then gave it to me "for Christmas". Giving gifts for Christmas has been her favorite thing to do since the big day. :)