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I am always on the hunt for new activities to try with Brody in the afternoons. I feel like we read the same books, do the same activities, and play with the same toys over and over again most days. So today we decided to venture out of our norm. To try something new. To create a little festive spirit and decorate our front door.
We pulled out a package of white pony beads and a handful of shiny silver pipe cleaners and got to work making snowflakes. Making the snowflake shape is a mom (or older kid) job, however decorating the snowflake with beads is the perfect toddler activity.
Brody is not one to sit still, but I was so impressed by how he calm and concentrated he was through this whole project. At first he loved running his hands through the bowl of beads, then we moved on to feeding the pony beads through a straight pipe cleaner to help Brody get used to the process, and finally we ventured on to sliding pony beads onto a snowflake-shaped pipe cleaner. It was an afternoon of fun! Follow the directions below to do this activity with your toddler.
How To Create Your Own Pipe Cleaner Snowflakes
- One package of plastic pony beads
- One package of silver pipe cleaners
- 1 wreath
1 Command™ Brand Outdoor Hook
- Cut 2 pipe cleaners in half to create the base of the snowflake.
- Using 3 of the 4 pieces you have cut, set them on a table to create a snowflake shape.
- With the remaining half piece, cut it in half again and set to the side for later.
- Twist the pieces together to secure.
- Let your little one add a few bead onto each of the arms of the snowflake.
- Take another pipe cleaner and cut it into 4 equal pieces. With the addition of the piece you cut in step 2, you should now have 6 pieces to use on the snowflake arms.
- Twist one of these 6 pieces around each of the snowflake arms, creating a V-shape.
- Let you little one adorn the ends with more pony beads.
- To hold the beads in place and prevent sharp edges, fold the tips under on each of the ends.
We made 4 snowflakes. They would make a fun ornament for a tree, but since we haven't gotten a tree yet, we decided to decorate a wreath for our front door with them! With a little piece of extra pipe cleaner, we secured the snowflakes to the wreath. We also added a big metal letter to the middle of the wreath with ribbon.