Looking for an awesome craft to do with kiddos?? I’ve got ya covered!
This project is part of the Michael’s Summer Adventure program, which I love the idea behind – unplug and reconnect via fun activities and crafts this summer:
At Cub Scout Day Camp, the pony bead projects (pony = the type of beads, not the animal/shape being made) were a huge hit. Boys made more at home, had lizard wars, etc.
My oldest was so excited that all my other kids were too – and we had to make an emergency trip to Michael’s the next day to stock up on pony bead animal supplies (love these multi-color kits I found at Michael’s – keeps it organized, and gives tons of options. Use a coupon!)
The kids are no strangers to pony bead animals – they’ve made various versions at Grandma Day Camp:
When we were making them, and my kids were showing friends how to make them, I thought “this would make a great video tutorial”. And so here ya go – – my kid can teach your kid how to create a Bead Lizard! Young ones these days, they can watch a tutorial and know exactly how to do something – they catch on so quick. The video is about 8 minutes, so not too long:
If you want a visual pattern, here’s that – the blue line is one string and the white line is the other string:
Voila, once you create one and kind of get the feel for how they go together, you’ll want to make a bunch. My kids keep making them to give away to friends.
And once you master the lizard, there are TONS of other patterns out there – just search online for “free pony bead animal patterns” and start browsing – here’s my daughter tackling the monkey. Oh, and heads up, we could not find brown pony beads – so you make “fun” colors work and think outside the box – like a pink monkey.