Beading is a pretty classic activity so I tried to adapt it this week for a little bit of a younger age range. For Indie I used a pipe cleaner and some really great wooden beads I found at our local craft store in the wood section. I tried to find beads big enough to minimize any choking hazard.
You can buy beading activities pretty much anywhere, but I was set with a package of pipe cleaners and a bag of beads for less than $4.
Introducing this activity:
I picked up the pipe cleaner in one hand and the bead in the other. I slowly put the bead on the pipe cleaner and took it off. Finally I handed it to her to try.
Here's the container for the pipe cleaners and beads. The older kids are all pros- it's still a favorite.