Stringing beads is a great activity for children. To make it a little more fun and interesting in the Aqua Class, we use plastic, bendable glow-in-the-dark bracelets often found at a discount store. Children can string wooden beads or colorful macaroni on the glowing plastic tubes after bending them to make them glow! Children can make bracelets or put several of the plastic tubes together to make necklaces or crowns. When they’re done with their creations, the children can go to a dark area in or outside the classroom (or at home) to watch their jewelry glow!
Using the glowing bracelets for bead stringing has been especially effective for our students who have low vision. The contrast and brightness of the tubing makes it much easier for them to see the materials. It has also been effective for students whose ability to focus on an activity is limited. The children are attracted to the bright “jewelry” and motivated to stay with the activity. Using glow-in-the-dark bracelets has made bead stringing more fun in my classroom. Try it out at home or in your classroom!
by Janie Humphrey, Aqua Class Teacher