When our oldest son came home from school with a beaded candy cane, I thought it might be a fun project to try with our 3-year old. I was shocked when our little dynamo actually sat still long enough to complete a whole candy cane and then asked to do another one!
This project is a simple and inexpensive activity that will help strengthen fine motor skills and teach patterns. As you can see from the picture, our 3-year old hasn't quite gotten the concept of making patterns yet. :)
What you need:
Note: Look for pipe cleaners and pony beads at the dollar store! I used brown pipe cleaners because that was what we had in our crafts box, but these would be really cute with red, green or white pipe cleaners.
Cut the pipe cleaners in half with scissors. In order to keep the beads from falling off the end, fold one end over about 1/8" from the end.
Once there are enough beads to completely cover the pipe cleaner, fold the other end of the pipe cleaner about 1/8" from the end and hang on the Christmas tree.