|Beads are a great
activity for many types of events such as
Relay For Life walks, charity events, festivals,
bead booths for craft fairs or community events.
a Bead Activity for a Large Group, Festival,
A beading activity
is a great activity for all ages.
You can tailor to activity to your
even theme by using beads of certain
colors or shapes. You can also use
alphabet beads and number beads to
personalize the activity, like spelling
out the event name and the year.
Two popular activities are stretch
bracelets, necklaces and key chains.
To make bracelets, use stretchy string,
all you need to do is string the beads
and tie a double knot. Necklaces can
also be strung on a stretch type cord
so that you don't need to attach a
clasp. Necklaces can also be strung
on non-stretch cording, you will just
need to cut the string long enough
to fit over the head.
Key chains are another great activity,
but we recommend that the key rings
and string be prepared ahead of time.
This will keep the activity moving
smoothly and swiftly - if you are
hosting a large group, you want to
avoid any backup or delay in the line.
Here are some tips to
help your beading activity run smoothly for the
event organizer and participants:
Tip #1 - Keep it simple. Especially if
you are accommodating a large group. Stretch bracelets
are by far the most popular and most simple activity.
Everyone can string beads and tie a knot without
much assistance. Parents and older siblings can
easily help younger children that are participating
in the activity.
Stretch bracelets or necklaces are also a good
option because you don't need fancy clasps or
special tools. Key chains are also a very simple
project, but need just a little more preparation
in advance. (See above for more info).
Tip #2 - Stay organized. By keeping
your activity simple, you will have less components
to organize. You may be setting up an activity
station such as a booth or table. Beads can easily
be organized in bowls.
Tip #3 - Prepare in advance.
Keep beads separated and sorting in zip bags or
food storage containers. Pre-cut string to the
correct length but keep extra on hand just in
- If making bracelets or necklaces, use binder
clips to clip onto one end of the string, this
keeps beads from falling off the back end while
Tip #5 - Use place mats. You
will want to pad the work table with a table cloth
or place mats. This will keep beads from rolling
around and rolling off the hard surface of a table.
Place mats will also help designate each person's