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