Threading pinecones around the scales is a lot of fun but you can add an extra layer of complexity to this activity. Try making holes in the pinecone scales using a drill and allow your kids to thread around and through the scales too. A perfect activity for older children and a great way to extend on their already developing fine motor skills.
What you’ll need
- Drill with a drill bit about a one third the width of the scale
- Flexible plastic needle
How to make a threaded pinecone
- Use the largest pinecone you can find.
- Hold the pinecone tightly in your hand and with one spare finger, hold a pinecone scale on the end.
- Place the drill in the center of a pinecone scale you’re supporting, and slowly push the turning drill piece into the scale. Keep the drill turning while you’re pulling it back out of the scale too.
- I’d suggest having a practice go before you make one. A couple of scales are bound to crack before you get comfortable with the pressure and location of the drill.
- Once you’ve drilled a hole into most of the pinecone scales – you don’t have to do them all – you’re ready to let you child start pinecone threading with the flexible needle.
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I hope your kids love threading pinecones. I do love that this activity extends on from what we’ve already seen and builds higher function fine motor skills.
Please let me know how you go with drilling into the scales of your pinecones. I hope they were as easy to make as mine were.