Wednesday, 5 February 2020

How to Make a Heart Keychain for Valentine's Day

This Valentine's Day, your students can make heart shaped keychains that they can design themselves. They will enjoy this activity and there are many benefits in using beading. 

Why Use Beading?
  • It can help young children develop hand-eye coordination skills and learn color names and basic counting.
  • It is also used for hand therapy and re-developing fine motor skills. 
  • It is a learning tool. Kids use math skills for sorting, patterning, symmetry, and counting. 
You'll need colorful fuse beads (pearler beads), pegboards, ironing paper, and an iron. Little heart shaped pegboards are the easiest to use. 

These are the steps:
  1. First, place a line of beads along the outline of the heart on the pegboard.
  2. Use beads of another color to make a pattern or make letters inside the heart.
  3. Use another color to fill in the empty spaces around the pattern.
  4. Place the ironing paper on top of the beads (to be done by you). 
  5. Gently iron it down until the beads fuse together.
  6. Add a keychain at the top.
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You can also make them into fridge magnets by adding two or three magnetic adhesive dots to the back of each heart.

Here's a beading kit I found on Amazon that has everything you'll need for beading.
It can also be used for math, when teaching about symmetry and patterns. The square pegboards can also be used as geoboards.

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