Threading beads onto a string is one my favourite activities with Rae. It requires fine motor skills such as grasping. The larger beads require the 3-finger grasp which is similar to how we hold a pencil to write. Using smaller beads for older children encourages them to use the finger grasp, which strengthens their small muscles of the hands.
Here Rae picks up a bead from the beading tray, manipulates the bead until its pinched between the thumb and the finger and uses eye-hand coordination to put the string through the bead. All these go on in just threading one bead!
Along the way, I discovered this activity is great for imaginative play! Rae started saying she wants to make a necklace for me!
Then in the next moment, she said she is making a train Then a snake..