Cork bead bracelets are a cute and creative way to develop and build fine motor skills in kids. This great idea from Colleen is a simple and fun activity for toddlers!
Most kids are accustomed to threading beads on string or pipe cleaners to create bracelets. These DIY cork beads are a unique spin to address the fine motor skills that are needed for so many functional tasks.
Looking for more ways to build the fine motor skills of children? Try a few of these fun ideas.
Cork Bead Bracelets Activity
These cork beads are so easy to make and are something just a bit different than the typical plastic beads your child might recognize.
While making the beads is a job for an adult, threading and creating a bracelet with them is perfect for older toddlers and preschool-aged children.
How to make DIY Cork Beads
You’ll need just a few materials (affiliate links for your convenience) to make these cork bead bracelets:
An adult should create the wine cork beads. A sharp knife can be used to easily cut the cork into slices. Cut the slices about 1/8-1/4 inch thick.
Next, use the hole punch to cut a hole in the center of each cork slice. A metal hole puncher should easily cut holes in the slices.
Cut a piece of the plastic cording that will be long enough to create a bracelet.
Knot one end four times to create a knot thick enough to keep the cork on the cord.
Give your child the cork beads in a low tray or on a table along with the plastic cording.
Help your child to thread the beads onto the knotted string.
Threading beads is a fine motor activity that develops many skills needed for functional tasks:
- Bilateral coordination
- Eye-hand coordination
- Tripod grasp
- Pincer grasp
- Open thumb web space
- Arch development
Try this beaded bracelet for another fine motor activity that kids will love.
Tape the end of the string down on a surface so little hands can focus on the threading and not trying to hold it and thread it at the same time
These fun threading activities also help little ones build fine motor skills!
Do your kids like threading beads as much as mine do?
My two kids proudly wore their cork beads bracelets! And I was proud of their fine motor skills.