- When performing a procedure that children do not like or are reluctant to perform, such as stretching, balance training, or positioning, the beads serve as a useful distraction while the therapist works with the child.
- Since infants and young children are attracted to the beads, they are a great motivator for reaching tasks and early mobility such as rolling, crawling, and creeping.
- I use beads to help with squatting and pulling to stand by alternately placing them on the floor, then on a table. When children are a bit older, they can squat down to pick up a string of beads, then stand up to put them into a container.
*Since the beads can be a choking hazard if the string breaks, please make sure that children are closely supervised at all times while using the beads!
This link is from amazon.com, where you can buy Mardi Gras beads year-round. Seasonally, you can also find them at OrientalTrading.com or at party stores.