An effective way to jumpstart your family reunion is with an activity that family members can participate in independently when they arrive at the reunion and are settling in. There is that awkward time when family arrives at the reunion and everyone is getting reacquainted. Experience has proven that if there is a low key activity planned it will encourage family members to mingle and get comfortable with each other again. A pre reunion activity also keeps younger family members busy and engaged while their parents are visiting and settled in.
Bead lizards or Geckos are the perfect solution. Collect a supply of different colored pony beads and some satin cording and let your family create their own Geckos.
What you’ll need for each lizard-
- 2 yards satin cording of your choice
- 1 metal keychain or lanyard hook
- 27 colored (shown as green in the above diagram) pony beads
- 21 colored (shown as orange in the above diagram) pony beads
- 2 black pony beads for eyes
They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I really recommend watching the following video to get some great instructions for making your bead Gecko. The great thing is, if you download the video to your tablet, the video will be available to your guests and you won’t spend so much time trying to give instructions as you’re registering your family members and getting them situated- they’ll be able to watch the video! The video lasts less than 2 minutes and it’s actually quite entertaining.
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