My grandson, Patrick always stayed at least one day a week with me since he was 8 wks. old while Mommy & Daddy were at work. As he grew to be a toddler he was fascinated by my beads and beading tools and always asked me "play beads Grammy?" Over & over. I bought him some large wooden beads and stringing material and he would play with them but only if I got out my beads also. When he was about 3 yrs. I let him help me make a bookmark and he picked and strung all the tiny (#6) seed beads himself and chose a sunflower charm for one end because "mommy likes those" and a cross because he "loves Jesus the best" for the other end. I kept the bookmark and every time I look at it I can still see his tiny little fingers putting each bead on and choosing which color bead he was going to put on next. It makes me smile every time.
A boy and his beads, how can you not love that???