I've been working on the curriculum for my daughter for this year and am itching to get started. Our school year will start a little later than most (since she's only in preschool it doesn't really matter) since we are waiting for her baby brother to make his grand appearance. What a stubborn child he is!
Yesterday A discovered that buttons are very fun to use as beads. She has seen me sewing many times and is really interested and wants to learn but since I don't have any plastic needles yet (hoping to remedy that today) we have stuck to beading. Mostly beading with pony beads only pipe cleaners, but yesterday she grabbed a regular spool of thread and started beading buttons onto it, no needle or anything. (did i mention that she isn't 3 for a few months still?)
It's so fun to watch toddlers concentrate so hard on things like this. She seriously sat there for over 2 hours just working at it, she only stopped then because her daddy got home from work and she had to hide and scream excitedly (the usual after work show in our house) she then went on to work on it again later until we made her stop for supper (and that was almost world war 3)
In the evening I gave her some thin ribbon and picked out some of the buttons with bigger holes (since obviously ribbon is a lot bigger than string and would be much harder to thread through the small buttons, especially for a 2 year old who doesn't understand about folding it) and mixed them with some pony beads for her to make a necklace. Once again she spent at least an hour working on it and made herself a lovely necklace. :) (I will upload a picture of her with it soon, my camera is being held hostage right now LOL)
Today i hope to find her some new supplies so she can expand her talents.