For this simple activity, you’ll need the following materials: sticks/twigs, pony beads, pipe cleaners, jingle bells, and beading wire (or string). As an added fun step, take children for a nature walk to collect the sticks that they will use for their wind chimes before starting this project!
To make the wind chimes, first help children wrap the sticks with pipe cleaners. Next, thread the pony beads onto the beading wire or string. After the beads have been strung, cut each piece of beaded wire into 3 pieces and attach them to the stick by looping each one through the pipe cleaners and twisting or tying it closed. (Twisting the wire is a great opportunity for fine motor skill-building!) Older children will likely be able to do this step on their own, while younger children will need assistance. Finally, add the jingle bells to the bottom of each strand so that they make noise when blown in the wind. Hang them outside in trees and other places in your yard where children can easily observe them.