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.
Suzy JoyIsAtHome says
Oh my goodness this brings back memories! I remember making all kinds of these animals when I was a kid (I am 25 now). I can’t believe kids are still doing this… so fun!
Heck yeah! I loved making these with my mom when I was younger! We made all sorts of animals. We even made tiny lizards with seed beads and dental floss. Lots of fun!
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Life With The Crust Cut Off says
This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
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Sara @ Mom Endeavors says
Thanks for linking these up to “Let’s Hear it for the Boy”!! They are adorable! My boys would love making these!
Thank You Very Much!!!
Yay! I was looking for a clear pattern of a pony bead lizard and I found one! I’m a kid myself and I love pony beading. Thanks!
Children love playing with beads, and this is a nice way to help them boost their creativity as well. The process is very simple and these lizards look very colourful too as well. The children will also get to know about various design aspects too.
Got my kids to do this activity today afternoon and they loved it. Thanks for sharing this toy activity
This is probably the best use of pony beads which can teach your kids to really be creative with them and create many shapes other than lizards too.
WoW! This is some really creative use of the Pony Beads. I will surely make my students learn these
Woow!! I remember my childhood days seeing this hand made craft ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️☺️☺️☺️☺️
Allegra Porter says
Hello! This is an amazing craft! Would it be possible to use it at my public library? We would link patrons to your blog for the how-to information and credit your work. Please let me know, and thank you!
What kind of string?