Just like any other toddler, Xomi is very active. She loves running around, crawling on her fours, climbing on the bed post and falling, tumbling, jumping on the bed, and other seemingly exhausting physical activities.
We always try to come up with activities to lure her into sitting down in one place, just a little downtime. Especially when it’s too humid, and she hasn’t fully recovered from her bout with cough (and asthma) yet.
She loves sharing with my arts and crafts materials, and recently, I got her her own craft boxes, so she can start organizing her craft accessories.
This wasn’t her first encounter with beads and strings, but I think she appreciates it more now because she has fully developed the fine motor skills necessary in stringing the beads on her own.
She made this necklace for Alyssa (her little aunt). I loved the fact that she put a wooden strawberry pendant on it.
Few nights back, Arianne (her little aunt) and her best friend, Kelsey, were on a duo pajama party. She told me she wanted to make bracelets for Arianne and her friend, Kelsey. She made it quickly because she wanted to give it to them before they go to bed. How’s that for a friendship bracelet?
That was the time when Xomi asked, “Mom, can I sell these?” It was surprising to hear something like that from a 3-year-old toddler. She has a good grasp of the concept “pay”, “buy”, “money”, and “sell”. The idea was very appealing—inspiring entrepreneurship at an early age.
The next day, we set off to get her more beads, which she happily selected, and she asked me to get her new strings. We also got her a new tin can coin bank for her “sales”.
An idea came up, I told her I’m going to buy the bracelets she made, and I’m going to give them to the little girls whose moms buy hair accessories from me. I know she won’t be able to keep this up for long, so mommies, don’t keep your hopes up. If she feels like making bracelets, I buy them and give them away.
So far, she made almost enough money to buy a book (her motivation to make more bead accessories) she was eyeing, coming from her own pocket, or shall I say tin can—her hard-earned money.
**Make sure you supervise your toddler during this activity. Beads and other small pieces can pose a choking hazard.