- Three beads in ascending size (this means each one is larger than the one before it)
- Small (we recommend using a 12 mm bead, which is a little bit smaller than a dime)
- Medium (we recommend using a 20 mm bead, which is a little bit smaller than a nickel)
- Large (we recommend using a 25 mm bead, which is a little bit bigger than a quarter)
- 2 pipe cleaners
- Cut the two pipe cleaners into two 8-inch sections.
- Cut one of the extra 8-inch sections of the pipe cleaner into a 2-inch section and set aside.
- Fold both of the 8-inch sections of pipe cleaners in half.
- Interlock the two folded sections at the folds, so that the open ends are facing away from each other.
- Next, bring the ends of the folded pipe cleaners together and thread them through the 25 mm bead and then thread them through the 20 mm bead, so that the 20 mm bead is on top of the 25 mm bead.
- Thread a 12 mm bead onto the 2-inch section of pipe cleaner.
- Fold the pipe cleaner around the bead.
- Thread the ends through the bottom of the 25 mm bead. To make the tail.
- Fold the pipe cleaner sticking out of the bottom of the 25 mm bead and tuck them up into the bottom of the 25 mm bead.
- Next, fold the pipe cleaner loops up and away from the tail to make the feet.
- Shape the pipe cleaners sticking out of the top of the 20 mm bead, by folding each side down and tucking them into the top of the 20 mm bead.
- You can use plain wooden beads or colored wooden beads.
- You can give them faces and buttons.
- Design them in all different ways.
Activity by Cheryl Moy, Bates Site
Photo Credit & Inspiration: rhythmsofplay.com