Threading is a good activity for encouraging two hands to work together, developing eye hand co-ordination and concentration.

Tiny fingers require stiff plastic thread or wool taped onto an icy pole stick, which is used as a needle. Older children can manage blunt ended needles, shoelaces or string with sticky tape around the threading end to keep it firm. Have threads prepared with something tied to the end so children can start threading without help.

Young children require large pieces to thread, use your waste materials to provide a variety of colours, shapes, sizes and textures. You will need to provide a large easy to see hole in each piece (cardboard, wallpaper, cut up egg cartons, polystyrene pieces, materials, plastic bottle tops, lunch wrap rolls cut into lengths and covered with contact or coloured paper).

Older children will manage to thread smaller pieces, such as cotton reels - cover with bright contact; plastic tubing, as used for covering coat hanger handles - cut into 2 cm lengths; straws, cut into 2 cm lengths - make necklaces; macaroni, coloured with food dye; large buttons.