I do a lot with names throughout the preschool year, and Christmas is no different. This little beaded wreath craft was inspired by last year’s candy cane name ornament. It’s a simple and fun way for the kids to practice a variety of early learning skills, too. These name wreaths would also make a wonderful homemade gifts for family members!
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simple wreath craft kids can make
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Green pipe cleaners
Red and green pony beads
Have the kiddos choose which pony beads they’d like to use for their wreath. They may need some help sorting through the letter beads to find the right letters for their names. Once all the beads have been chosen, let the children plan out where the beads will be placed. Some kids may want their names in the middle of the wreath, with colorful beads surrounding the name. Others might want to integrate the letter beads into the other beads. This is also a great time to practice patterning!
Once the beads are decided on, let the children start beading their pipe cleaners! (Of course, some kids might not want to plan out their beads first. If that’s the case, let them get beading right away.)
After all the beads have been added to the pipe cleaners, bring the ends together and twist them. Some children can do this themselves, while others may need help. After the pipe cleaner is made into a circle, add a red ribbon bow to the top! Kids can use their wreaths as ornaments, decorations, or even bracelets.
As I mentioned above, this wreath craft is a fun way for the children to practice early skills. Here’s a peek at what this simple idea works on:
- Letter identification
- Left to right progression
- Color recognition
- Fine motor skills
How would your children like this name wreath craft?