Bead Snakes & Counting with Beads

Making bead snakes and counting with beads using pipe cleaners and pony beads are two great activities your preschooler will love.

counting with beads

I bought a package of these beads at the Dollar Tree and B had so much fun threading them onto pipe cleaners (a great activity for motor skill development!).

I started by modeling how to make patterns by thinking aloud. “I’m going to make a red and green snake. Look at my beads. Red, Green, Red, Green…”. But after B made one patterned snake he was over it and I realized I was the only one talking or thinking about patterns so I let it go until next time.

counting beads

Once B grew bored of making bead snakes, I gave him this muffin tin with number cards in it and we counted the corresponding number of beads into each section. I was surprised by how many times he wanted to do this!

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  • Reply Ticia

    Love this idea. We’ll have to use it with our butterfly study

    November 13, 2009 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply Nicole {tired, need sleep}

    Great activities! M loves stringing beads onto pipe cleaners, and I’ve tried the patterning thing with him, but he’s just not getting it. I like the idea of pretending they are snakes and going about it that way, maybe that will make it a bit more appealing. I’ll try! Thanks for the idea!

    November 13, 2009 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply vanessa

    We did this with noodles the other day and it was a big hit! I’ll have to look for some beads so we can make some prettier ones.

    November 13, 2009 at 11:38 pm
  • Reply Cassie

    Those are good ideas!

    November 13, 2009 at 11:59 pm
  • Reply Elise

    I tried threading some material flowers that had a pre cut hole through the centre of them onto some pipe cleaners. My three year old daughter wasn’t that interested in it. I may try using beads and see if that tickles her fancy.

    Sorting and counting are popular here at the moment as well.

    November 14, 2009 at 3:00 am
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