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Counting with Beads – Preschool Math Activity

Beading develops fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, pincer grip, hand strength & concentration. Also a great way to introduce math concepts like colors, patterns, counting, number recognition and one to one correspondence. A perfect busy bag math activity for preschoolers. Always supervise kids during this activity. 

Miss A(almost 3yrs) & Miss D(21 months) were really excited about this activity for different reasons. Miss A- because she loves beads and wanted to make bead bracelet. Miss D – because she gets to play with the beads (I usually dont give her small beads to play with, except for the sorting activity we did earlier).

What you need

  • Pony beads
  • Pipecleaners (You could also use shoelaces, wool, jewellery line)
  • Labels
  • Markers

How to

  • Stick the labels on one end of the pipecleaner and write numbers on them.
  • Now let your LOs push the corresponding number of beads through the pipecleaners.

We did 1-6 today. I thought it might be overwhelming for Miss A to do more than that on the same day. You could do more or less, depending on your LOs skills.

First, Miss A matched the color of the beads to the pipecleaner. We spoke about different colors as she did this. She then pushed the beads through, to represent the number on the label. We had two sides on the label – One side was marked “1” & other side “ONE”. She was able to match it either ways.

Once done with beading, we counted the beads on the pipecleaners to double check if it matched the label. Then placed them in numerical order. 👍

Miss D did great at beading. I liked the way she handled the beads. We made cute bracelets out of it 😀 You could also use this activity for patterning.



Hi!! Im Lavanya, stay at home mom of 3 & 2 yr old girls.. My LOs are very active and they need various activities to keep them busy and interested. A monotonous play bores them easily.. Hence, I've started to explore & create activities to keep them occupied - fun & some learning.. This blog is my maiden attempt where you can find simple crafts and learning activities for kids. If you like my page share it with your friends. Also tell me what you think in the comments. 😀 Thanks for stopping by!!

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