The girls have had this particular ring stacker on their shelf for awhile, but they have never shown much interest in any forms of ring stackers. I did, however, notice that they would hold the ring and attempt to thread it onto the wooden dowel. The dowel with stand is a little heavy and difficult to maneuver in such a manner, so I knew an alternative activity would be better.

So I decided to make them a threading activity using:

  • 3/8″ dowel
  • Thread (I used leather as that’s what I had on hand)
  • Wood slices I purchased second hand (similar to these). The girls are still mouthing most materials, so I wanted to use wood slices to avoid them being a choking hazard
  • 1/2″ drill bit (for the wood slices)
  • 1/8″ drill bit (for wood needle)
  • 7/64″ drill bit (for wood needle and base wood)

-The dowel was cut to create two parts; an end base to hold the thread and the “needle”.

-For the wood needle, the 7/64 drilled bit was used to drill a hole through the length of one of the dowels.  The 1/8 drill bit was used to increase the hole size for 3/4 of the dowel.  This was so that I could tie a knot in the cord and it would fit in the dowel without being pulled through.

-In the second dowel a small hole was drilled using the 7/64 bit, just big enough for the thread.

-Holes were drilled into the wood slices with the 1/2 drill bit.  Just slightly larger than the wooden dowel needle.

We also made a square with holes, for threading, when they needed an additional challenge. They can thread the square alone, or, for an even greater challenge, thread the wooden slices to the square.


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