Looking for a cheap and easy toddler activity? I know I always am. This weekend I introduced Jude to pasta beading. He is not quite 17 months, so I knew string would be nothing short of frustrating. I busted out the pipe cleaners instead, stiff enough to make stringing penne a challenge, but not an impossibility.
I set it up in a clear container and showed him the whole process, including the clean up, with him sitting to my right. This technique of demonstration is something I learned from the Montesorri approach to learning. This activity is a great exercise for fine motor skills.
Lastly, I couldn't resist sharing this picture of Jude modeling his latest creation: