Another shout-out to my mother, the preschool teacher for this one. It’s the simple act of stringing beads onto pipe cleaners that can provide hours of focused entertainment for toddlers and even preschoolers.
There are two basic parts you need for this one: pipe cleaners and beads. Any variety of either item will do. I prefer the big fuzzy pipe cleaners (beads less likely to slip off) and square beads (keeps the beads from rolling all over the place) if you can find them.
This activity gets its name from the first bead you string onto the pipe cleaner. The caregiver should twist the end of the pipe cleaner around the first bead. This bead becomes the “stopper bead” so that the rest of the beads that you string don’t fall off. My kids latched onto this idea, and call the whole game “stopper beads.”