Activity #580: String up straws for a preschooler’s necklace

This week, I took a batch of my kids’ outgrown clothes to the second-hand store in our neighborhood and earned myself a whopping $7.50. I promptly spent it in the store on a Melissa & Doug necklace-making kit for Julian. He loves wearing costumes and jewelry and we had been talking recently about making necklaces.

He used almost all the beads in his store-bought kit on two necklaces, but we still had two necklace cords left, so we made our own “beads” out of some IKEA straws. I’m thinking this is a pretty good rainy day trick to have in your back pocket for the age 3+ crowd. And, it doesn’t take a craft genius to execute.

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.

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