Smaller beads encourage children to use their pincer grasp, thus strengthening the small muscles of their hands. It also helps with in-hand manipulation skills. Many components of making a beaded craft increase strength and coordination in the small hand and finger muscles. For example, picking a bead up from the beading tray, and then manipulating it in one's hand until it is pinched between your thumb and finger, involves translation, shift and rotation movements of the bead within the hand.
To get started with beading with your toddler, click here to see our amazing jewelry party kits. Our kits come with tiger tail wire, which is the perfect beading string for toddlers and preschoolers to use.
We hope you enjoy your special bonding time beading with your child, and please comment and tell us how it went.