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Pasta Necklace

Age Range
3-5 yrs
Setup Time
Under a minute!
Setup Location

Cognitive scientists at Indiana University have discovered a strong correlation between hand-eye coordination, learning abilities, and social communication skills.

Hand-eye coordination is the ability to track the movements of the hands with the eyes, thus enabling the eyes to send important signals to the brain about hand movement. Eyes send electrical signals to the brain providing information about visual stimuli. The brain then sends signals to the hands telling them how to move in response to these stimuli. This complex process occurs in a split second, but errors in the process can result in difficulties coordinating movement, balance problems, trouble focusing the eyes on the hand's movements during exercise and sports and difficulties with learning-related tasks such as reading and writing.

This activity will develop and strengthen your child's hand-eye coordination!


  1. Provide children with colorful pasta and strings

  2. Let your child bead colorful pastas on a string, designing their own patterns and color sequences

  3. Help the child complete the necklace by tying the knot

Note: This can make for very personalized and precious gifts for family and friends!

Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.