This exciting activity will have your youngster wearing fall fashionably. This necklace is very durable--a rousing session of hula hooping broke out immediately after! And, by using artificial leaves, this necklace will last a lifetime. In this house, making and wearing jewelry is a must for my little girl. I do believe she may have more necklaces than me!
We started by picking out our fake leaves one by one. I had many shapes and sizes and I had V count out 20 to use for her necklace.
After V decided on her twenty leaves to incorporate into her necklace, I used the hole puncher to punch a hole into the base of each leaf. When punching the holes it may not cut all the way through depending on the thickness of the artificial leaves; this is OK.
I did the hole punching because V is younger (3), and she lacks the dexterity to use the hole puncher because of her age. An older child can take charge of this step.
When I punched the holes in the leaves, it did not cut all the way through but left a small flap to thread through. By doing it this way, it increased the level of fine motor skills needed for this activity, making the necklace a little more challenging to thread. V was frustrated at first but got the hang of it quickly.
Have your child thread the leaves and pony beads to their desired length of necklace. V wanted hers pretty long, long enough to touch her belly. Once she finished, we connected the two ends to create a necklace.