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These easy-to-make key chains add a personal touch to house keys and backpacks!

This activity is appropriate for:
preschool - 2nd grade / 4 - 7 years

You will need:

  • Alphabet Collage Beads
  • Collage Beads and/or Pony Beads
  • Nickel-plated split key rings (any size; one per student)
  • Waxed string or plastic cord for lacing (1mm; about 8-10 inches per student)
  • Scissors
  • Bowls or shallow containers

Before you begin:

Cut a length of string or cord (about 8-10 inches) for each student. Fold each cord in half and secure it to a key ring with a lark’s head knot, leaving both ends dangling. (If desired, you may also show students how to perform this step themselves.)


  1. Provide each student with a pre-tied key ring (or have students tie the cord onto their key rings).
  2. Place beads in different bowls or shallow containers to allow students access to a variety of colors, letters and shapes.
  3. Have students string beads onto each string to make a key chain. (Note: Students can choose to spell out their names, initials, a message such as “PEACE,” “LOVE,” or “HAVE FUN”...or they can simply create a decorative pattern from the different beads!)
  4. When students have finished stringing beads, make a knot at the end of each string and cut any excess string with scissors.
  5. Encourage students to use their key chains for house keys, as zipper pulls on backpacks or as gifts for loved ones!
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