This bead threading busy bag uses colorful wooden beads and craft feathers for a kids activity that promotes fine motor and early math skills.
Busy bags are great to have on hand! This bead threading activity checks all of the boxes. It works on math skills, at a basic or more advanced level for school aged kids. Additionally, bead threading is a wonderful fine motor activity that builds pincer grasp.
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Make a Bead Threading Busy Bag with Feathers
In the past we have done bead threading on feathers with brightly colored feathers and pony beads, but when I saw these gold tipped feathers and colored wooden beads my heart skipped a beat, and I just knew this had to be our next busy bag.
What you need to make the bead threading busy bag:
pencil and paper
This is such an easy busy bag to make, and only takes a few items that you might have in your craft bin on hand.
Using the bead threading busy bag
This is an easy one to assemble, simply throw a handful of beads and feathers in a zippered pouch! I like to keep these zippered pouches on hand for creating busy bags, and for storing our painted rocks, they are so convenient.
This is a great one to take with you to doctors offices or other waiting rooms. While it is great for multiple ages, the beads are not baby-friendly, or for kids who still like to put items in their mouths.
There are many ways to use this busy bag with multiple ages though, for example, I have children aged 3, 5 and 7 and they all use this one differently.
How to use the busy bag for multiple ages
To use this busy bag with preschoolers, simply threading beads are excellent for fine motor and pincer grasp practice. This is also a great busy bag for patterning with kids.
They can create simple AB patterns, AAB patterns and more! They love to come up with their own patterns as well.
My older children love to practice math with this bead threading busy bag. I tore a piece of paper into a few squares and wrote numbers on them for my kids to grab and count that amount of beads.
My oldest decided to do some math equations with the beads. He make addition problems as well as subtraction problems and the beaded feathers acted like an abacus for him to practice those problems.