We began by tying a large knot in one end of the strings so that the beads wouldn't fall off. The kids then, rather excitedly, selected the beads they liked the most and carefully threaded them onto the string. It was a great activity for them to practise their fine motor skills and, in the case of my youngest, help to develop them. He found it a little tricky at first but after some practise he soon picked it up and was adding the beads he wanted by himself.
When they had added all of the beads they could fit on a single string we tied the two ends together to create a bracelet and they hurried to put them on and show them off. They were very pleased with their creations and so was I..they look so bright and colourful and, thanks to my silly skinny wrists, I was able to try them on too. I was rather tempted to keep them ;)
You can find the items to create these bracelets in most high street stores that stock arts and crafts supplies. Some shops also sell complete bead bracelet kits such as these at Wilko's and these at hobbycraft but if you don't fancy venturing into town you could create bracelets with macaroni or pasta shapes and string/elastic. Happy making!