My four year old recently fell in love with making designs with Perler Beads. I thought it was cute, and so I picked up a few sets for her.
(If you are unfamiliar with Perler Beads, they are “beads” that you put on a peg board to form a design. You then use the ironing paper that comes with it to cover the design and iron over it. This melts the beads a bit and fuses the design together.)
I was shocked one day when she made her third design with the beads to see the heart that she made. She had very carefully made a lovely pattern. Up until that point, she had just been putting together beads however she wanted to. But, this made me realizes that not only were the beads excellent fine motor practice for her and a fabulous art project, but they were also a math project (working with patterns).
Not only was this fun for Molly, she was learning and she later had a gift to give someone. She was thrilled and so was I! If you are a family that uses Work Boxes, this is also a great addition to a box for students of all ages.
What are some of your favorite educational craft projects?
Angie can be found at Many Little Blessings, writing about faith, family, and household management topics, such as cooking, gardening, cleaning, and refinishing a tri-colored free piano.
This post is linked to Works for Me Wednesday.