Beading for Kids

Beading
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Beading for kids has a lot more potential; nowadays, there are a lot more art kits and supplies to make this easier on you as well. Letting kids choose their own project can significantly increase their interest in beading.

It takes a certain level of fine motor skills for a child to string beads, so be sure to look carefully at the recommended ages on art kits. Kids who are frustrated by their inability to get the beads on the string will not stick with it long. If you have a toddler who may put...MORE beads in his or her mouth, then an adult should supervise older children using beads to be sure everything is put away correctly.

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    beadwork basics kit

    Manufacturer’s age recommendation: 8+

    These bead kits from Bead Bazaar are a nice place to start because they will yield some satisfying projects even for the beginner. The sets are color coordinated with a variety of shapes and types of beads, including wood, glass, and ceramic. They come with some instructions and ideas.

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    alphabet lacing beads

    Manufacturer’s age recommendation: 2+

    If you have a toddler or preschooler as well as older children, these can be a great addition to your beading collection, so the kids can work together. For ages 2 and up, these are large enough that a young child will have the dexterity to string them (maybe with some help from an older sib to start).

    The upside to them being shaped as letters is not only might a little learning happen, but boys are far likely to play with them than the lacing beads...MORE shaped like flowers and butterflies.

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    Bracelet Bead Weaver Kit

    Manufacturer’s age recommendation: 8+

    If your child has the basics of stringing beads down, why not try a loom bead weaver? This will allow for more complex designs. This kit offers iridescent beads, colorful elastic cord, a loom, workstation tray, self-threading beading needle, thread, scissors, and glue as well as both beginner and advance.​

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    HearthSong Beading Kit

    Manufacturer’s age recommendation: 6+

    Though many friendship bracelets don't involve beads at all, we've included it on the list because it is similar. Most of the time, the scaled-back version is all you need, and travel kits are meant to keep things contained.

    The 20 pre-cut embroidery threads (in 10 colors) stow nicely in a drawer. Our only note is that we think many 6-year-olds would find friendship bracelets too difficult, despite how this product is recommended for this age.

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    Manufacturer’s age recommendation: 9+

    This is is an interesting idea--beads made from paper. Once you learn how to make them, you won't run out of beads. This spiral-bound book comes with 200 pre-cut strips of paper in 22 colors and patterns and a custom tool for winding them into beads. A bottle of durable glaze gives each bead a polished finish, and the book also ​includes elastic cord and a selection of glass accent beads.