Friday, August 14, 2009

Beads for the Bead Shop

Children are full of ideas and when I listened to two children's trip to the Bead Shop - I got excited too!
Beads can be made and we can learn different ways as to how we can make them.
So far, we have tried:
  • Fimo - coloured modelling clay
  • Egg carton pulp - whizzed and a bit of paste added
  • Salt ceramic dough
This form of visual art has many elements - children are engaged in small groups as they are involved with the preparation and making of the beads. I have noticed that children have no problems staying for 10-20 minutes at the table to make their beads - being curious and engaged is a wonderful way to discover something new.
Then, it is time to create with the beads - threading the different shaped and coloured beads involves decision making. We have just started making the bracelets and necklaces and as you can see - both boys and girls are involved!


Carla Macleod said...

This looks wonderful! Any chance you could post the recipe on the blog? Thank you, Lucy and Erin's mum.

Lynne Paul said...

Thanks Carla for pointing out that the blog was not allowing you to post comments. Between us we worked it out didn't we, and your comment is the very first family comment on our blog. So here is a virtual applause for you.

Carla Macleod said...

Well thank you! Back at you for setting it up in the first place.

Gaye said...

Salt Ceramic Playdough

1.5 cups salt
3/4 cup cornflour
1 cup water

Mix the ingredients together in a pot, then cook over a low heat, stirring frequently until the mixture becomes solid. Turn out and knead immediately.

Roll into shapes and make beads. Make holes in shapes before playdough gets hard.

Try it out guys....