Here’s a beading activity to do without adding to your collection of pony bead bracelets and necklaces. Beading is a great activity that incorporates fine motor skills, coordination, and visual-motor skills. Using patterns provides good practice for following directions, while making up new patterns challenges creativity and problem-solving. The endless possibilities for making animals and objects also make it appealing for both girls and boys. There are a number of bead animal tutorials and patterns in the internet. This link provides a good introduction, while this site has a variety of patterns.