Threading is a fun way for kids to use their two hands together.
Older babies and toddlers love to post things into various containers. As they develop skills in posting, they hold onto the container with one hand and post with other hand. Gradually, toddlers are able to manipulate smaller objects and put them into smaller holes. This is a precursor to threading.
Threading requires coordination of two hands together. That is, bilateral coordination. One hand holds the "string" and the other hand holds the "bead". The "bead" hand needs to be held steady as the "string" hand moves to thread. The child then needs to be able to grab onto the string as it pokes through the bead with the hand which was holding the bead.
There are so many objects that can be threaded (anything with a hole) and there are many things that these objects can be threaded onto (ok...that is really obvious). However, there are ways to help a child to develop threading skills depending on the objects used as the "string" and "bead".
Here is a an example of how you can progress a child who is developing skills in threading. Ages are approximate and may vary for different children.
Hi, I'm Cindy and I am an Occupational Therapist. I enjoy working creatively with children to see them reach their potential. Read more about me here.
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