A cherished holiday crafting tradition for some, using a needle to thread popcorn on a string to make popcorn garlands is also a great fine motor exercise for young children. Try it this year to decorate your home!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1. Popped Popcorn
2. A needle, thin so as not to break the popcorn
3. Your choice of thread: Embroidery floss separated into 2 strands, regular sewing thread, fishing line
Start out with a bowl of popcorn. Moving slowly and carefully, show your child how to press the needle through the thick, puffy part of the popcorn. Watch intently, and point this out to your child, as the needle exits the other side of the kernel so as to avoid poking a finger!
Pull the popcorn down to a knotted end of your thread. Continue to thread as much popcorn on the garland as you’d like!
This type of activity requires some intense concentration for your child, so start with just a short strand of popcorn. You can always tie them together to make a long garland later. Your child will feel so satisfied by accomplishing this task, and proud that their work can decorate your home!
Try some variations on the theme, like tossing the popcorn with glitter or rolling in paint and drying before threading. There are so many ways to customize this activity for your family.
We hope you enjoy making popcorn garlands!
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