The Readathon 2012 theme for this week is Friendship. Inspired by the theme, and knowing how much my daughter enjoys tying knots and laces, I knew that she'd love learning how to make a "friendship" bracelet.
While she is proficient in knot tying - I wasn't sure that she'd be able to manage several strands of thin embroidery floss (or how long her attention span would last) - so I made a few changes to the basic Chinese Staircase knot technique to make it easier for her.
We used a single piece of yarn instead of embroidery floss (because it is thicker and easier for small fingers to manage) and tied it around a shoelace (instead of several other pieces of yarn, which would be hard to keep from getting tangled). We used a single color, however a simple way to make the bracelet multi colored would be to use variegated yarn.
[Using the clipboard is optional - but I found it works the best to keep the bracelet in place/secure while tying knots.]
Tie a series of knots using the Chinese Staircase technique until bracelet reaches desired length:
When finished, cut off remaining yarn/lace and tie ends together to form a bracelet.
Share it with a special friend.
Two fun books we're reading to go along with the "Friendship" theme:
How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by Jacky Davis & David Soman
As well as this ebook:
StickFiggy Makes a Friend by Jane Marshall