This icicle ornament with pipe cleaners and beads is an easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make to hang on the Christmas tree. It’s a great way to strengthen fine-motor skills too.
With Christmas drawing nearer, and the days getting busier, you’ll love the simplicity of the beautiful but simple icicle ornaments that we made today.
These icicle ornaments are quick and easy to make, so they’re a great last minute holiday craft. Making these icicles is a wonderful fine motor activity for children, an exercise in hand-eye co-ordination and an opportunity to explore colour and patterns.
Any time we craft with beads, I like to dump them all into a large container so they kids can really get their hands in there and rattle them around. It’s a lovely sensory experience, and often they’ll stop to talk about the particulars of a bead they’ve found: the colour, the shape, how shiny it etc., so while this is a very simple Christmas craft, it still presents lots of opportunities for learning.
Supplies for beaded icicle ornaments:
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Silver pipe cleaners are best if you want that glittery, icy look.
Making our icicle ornaments:
Making the ornaments kept the hooligans busy for quite a while. It requires lots of concentration to thread a pipe cleaner through all of those beads. The holes in some of the beads were really tiny, but they all worked away, unassisted, until their pipe cleaners were loaded up.
To stop the beads from sliding off the end of the pipe cleaner, twist the pipe cleaner around the bottom bead a couple of times, and do the same at the top end once the last bead is on.
Space the beads out a bit so you can see some of the silver in between them.
I love how our icicle ornaments shimmer in light. Simple and sweet. The perfect Christmas craft for this busy time of year.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.