Write your own name or nickname in binary code using beads on a bracelet.
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This craft has been successfully adapted for library programs for children and teens. Make sure to provide a copy of the binary key to each participant. Have a third bead color to use as a separator between letters. Shorten this activity by translating initials or brief words instead of the participants' names. It's a good idea to have extra materials, in case the participants would like to make necklaces with their full names or a phrase.
Learning about binary code can be fun, fashionable, and accessible! To make this one accessible, try providing a variety of textured or sizes of beads. It is harder for children with visual impairments to feel the different patterns if all the beads are the same size and texture. Having different textures or sizes can also help those who can see determine differences in the code better. Note: There is a pin option, but it would be recommended for tweens or teens.
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