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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