Montessori Madness ~ DIY Threading Activities

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I saw this great threading activity a while ago and decided to make it for Pixie. It is easy to make. This makes a perfect threading activity for Montessori trays.

All you need is a pack of silly straws, different coloured felt (I bought 11 different colours), printouts of different shapes, scissors and sewing pins.

Cut out each shape and pin to the felt

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Cut out each shape, cut a slit into the centre of each shape and store in a tray. Pixie just loves this activity. I gave Pixie all the different types of silly straws and found that the wavy straw is the best and doesn’t damage the shape as it is threaded onto the straw

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Below are more DIY threading activities that are easy to make.

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Baby Bracelet Making from Art 4 Little Hands
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Button Threading from Diapers to Diplomas
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Make Your Own Lacing Cards from Totschool
I was inspired by these homemade lacing cards on Sorta Crunchy.

How to make Foam Lacing Shapes from Powerful Mothering
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Fine Motor Pincer Grasp Color Match from Sugar Aunts
This was a fun play time activity for the little ones in our house. We had fun with fine motor play while working on colors, matching, and fine motor skills.

Math Activity from Kids Matter
We have been trying to work on our counting skills at my house so I whipped up a little activity for him to work with.




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