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Straw Bracelets

Book: GIANT Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for 3-Year-Olds





The Arts: Visual Arts


Fine Motor


3 through 4 Years Old


Large Group

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Brightly colored plastic straws
String or pipe cleaners


1. Precut straws into 1/2 ” to 1” (1 cm to 2 cm) lengths and precut string or pipe
cleaners into 8” (20 cm) lengths. (If using string, wrap a piece of tape around
one end to make it easier for sewing through the straw pieces.)
2. When using string, tape the untaped end to the table to prevent the straw
pieces from falling off of it. When using pipe cleaners, roll the end back to
keep the straws from sliding off.
3. Show the children how to slide the straw pieces onto the string or pipe
cleaner. When the strings or pipe cleaners are almost full, help the children
tie or twist the ends together to complete the circle.
4. If desired, put a small piece of tape with the child’s name on it around one of
the straws on the bracelet.
More to do
For holiday themes, use colored straws that reflect the holiday. For example,
orange and black for Halloween, red and green for Christmas, and so on.
Math: If the children are working on simple patterns, give them straws in two
different colors and encourage them to put them on the string in an ABAB
pattern. For example, red, blue, red, blue, and so on.

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