So this morning E set about making 3 bracelets to go inside one of my coin purses, we thought that would make a very pretty present for a 5yr old girl.
I set E up by attaching clips to the end of the elastic - I put everything in a dish for her, this seems to work really well to contain it all - and then I let her get on with it.
I just use little clips like this but clothes pegs or even a paperclip would do the same job, I find this vital for when E is threading... I've had enough of strings of tiny beads bouncing around the kitchen floor, followed by 1/2 an hour of scrabbling around under the oven - I have to be sure to get them all as P my 15month old is like lightening when it comes to finding beads and stuffing them in his mouth.
She made six! Three for herself and three for her friend.
The elastic is strong and I make sure I tie triple knots - the secret of getting a good knot is to leave plenty of surplus elastic so that when your tying it off it's not too fiddly. If I'm feeling clever I try and make sure I hide the knot under a bead, you could even put a drop of glue on the knot to keep it really secure but I find the bracelts can take quite a good stretching before they'll burst (and glue seems a bit of a faff)
and voila a cute gift, and to boot E felt really proud that she'd made it and was (quietly) entertained for an hour! You can find my kits here if you like these beads.