I love bread. My hips and waistline confirm my love of bread. I have passed on my passion for all things baked and butter to my children. As versatile as bread can be, imagine my surprise when I learned that I could combine my passion for food with my passion for jewelry.
I've heard of making necklaces with macaroni, rigatoni, fruit loops, and other food varieties, but I was unaware that bread could be used to make beads. My enlightenment came after I perused an article in my local paper that was reprinted from the New York Times News Service in June 2007.
Here's what you will need:
- white bread
- lemon juice
- tempera paint
- beading wire, waxed twine or dental floss
- cold cream
Here's what you do:
- Have the kids remove the crusts of three slices of white bread
- Have them rip the bread into small pieces and place them in a bowl
- Add three tablespoons of white glue and three drops of lemon juice
- Have the kids apply cold cream to their hands (to prevent mixture sticking to them) and have them combine the ingredients until they form a workable ball
- Add paint to get the desired color. Separate the ball into different bowls to make different colors.
- For flat beads, roll or pat the clay until it is flat and cut with drinking straws or mini-cutters. Blow the beads out of the straw or cutter to keep them from ripping and/or tearing.
- Shape spherical beads by hand
- Let the beads dry for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The beads are then ready for the holes to be made.
- String the beads on beading wire for small holes leaving them on until they dry. You can also use toothpicks for a little bit bigger holes. For larger beads, you can use straws to make the holes.
- Allow the beads to dry over night and they will be ready for stringing!
What a cool activity, huh? Older kids especially will like this activity. If you have a toddler who wants to participate in this activity with his or her older siblings, they can string fruit loops which will be a little easier for their little fingers.
Of course, no Summer Boredom Buster activity is complete without a list of all the wonderful developmental benefits:
- Improved fine motor skills which are needed for printing and writing in school.
- Improved visual perceptual skills which will help with academic tasks like reading.
- This activity requires attention, concentration and calming which are much needed skills for long term academic success.
- This activity fosters creativity which, as I have said MANY times before, is closely linked to IQ.
It is hard to believe that summer is nearly over! Rest assured, I have several more activities up my sleeve that will be shared in future posts. If in the meantime you have an activity you would like to share, drop me a line at email@example.com!