Friday, July 27, 2012

Educational Activity: Working Fine Motor Skills with Wooden Beads for Preschoolers

Written by Vicky from MessforLess.net for gummylump.com
for ages 4 and up with Adult Participation & Supervision

This Bead Sequencing Set works great for preschoolers who are working on pattern recognition and younger ones who are still mastering small motor skills and colors. The set comes with over 60 beads, some wooden dowels and pattern cards.

Bead Sequencing Set for Preschoolers by Melissa & Doug, Working Fine Motor Skills
Bead Sequencing Set
 
We played with the Bead Sequencing Set in a number of ways. First, I placed a pattern card and dowel in the holder and asked my kids to help me replicate the pattern. They would tell me which piece came next and I would place it on the dowel. I am a former teacher and I could see the toy being used this way in a classroom setting.

 

Bead Sequencing Set for Preschoolers by Melissa & Doug, Working Fine Motor Skills
Bead Sequencing Set

Our finished pattern:

Bead Sequencing Set for Preschoolers by Melissa & Doug, Working Fine Motor Skills
Bead Sequencing Set

After doing it with me, my daughter was ready to tackle it on her own.

Bead Sequencing Set for Preschoolers by Melissa & Doug, Working Fine Motor Skills
Bead Sequencing Set

I then challenged her to make a red and yellow pattern. The beauty of the Bead Sequencing Set is that you can use it in so many different ways! My two year old had a hard time replicating the pattern, but she was happy to stack the beads and make a tower. This was a good challenge for her as the beads were of various shapes and sizes.

Bead Sequencing Set for Preschoolers by Melissa & Doug, Working Fine Motor Skills
Bead Sequencing Set
When she was done with that, she had fun placing all the pattern cards in the slot and putting all the dowels in the holes.

Bead Sequencing Set for Preschoolers by Melissa & Doug, Working Fine Motor Skills
Bead Sequencing Set
Even the box that the Bead Sequencing Set came in provided entertainment. One of my kids used two dowels as drumsticks and played a beat on the plastic cover of the bead set.


The Wooden Stringing Beads with Alphabet, also from Melissa & Doug, were very fun for my girls. The wooden beads allowed them to express their creativity and kept them busy for long time as they worked on stringing the small beads on the laces. Talk about excellent fine motor practice! This set comes with a number of laces, colorful shaped-beads and letter beads

Wooden Stringing Beads wtih Alphabet for Preschoolers by Melissa & Doug, Working Fine Motor Skills
Wooden Stringing Beads with Alphabet
The kids wanted to make necklaces and I suggested we make a alphabet necklaces. What a great review of  the alphabet this was! As they looked for and added each letter they would recite the alphabet to make sure they had the correct letter.

Wooden Stringing Beads wtih Alphabet for Preschoolers by Melissa & Doug, Working Fine Motor Skills
Wooden Stringing Beads with Alphabet

Wooden Stringing Beads wtih Alphabet for Preschoolers by Melissa & Doug, Working Fine Motor Skills
Wooden Stringing Beads with Alphabet

Wooden Stringing Beads wtih Alphabet for Preschoolers by Melissa & Doug, Working Fine Motor Skills
Alphabet Necklace!
Even my two year old was able to string the beads on the lace. She was very determined and stuck with this task.

Wooden Stringing Beads wtih Alphabet for Preschoolers by Melissa & Doug, Working Fine Motor Skills

Wooden Stringing Beads wtih Alphabet for Preschoolers by Melissa & Doug, Working Fine Motor Skills
Great for working fine motor skills!
We also made some pattern necklaces using the various shapes included with the Wooden Stringing Beads with Alphabet. Another idea that we will try is to make necklaces with our names. I like how the letter beads can be used independently of the laces to help spell and create words. I think the kids will keep coming back to this set as they get older because it's a toy that will grow with them. 

The girls now wear their bead necklaces almost everyday. They are fun & colorful and I think they really feel a sense of pride in wearing something that they created!

Wooden Stringing Beads wtih Alphabet for Preschoolers by Melissa & Doug, Working Fine Motor Skills
Beautiful necklaces made with the Wooden Stringing Beads

Wooden Stringing Beads wtih Alphabet for Preschoolers by Melissa & Doug, Working Fine Motor Skills
Wearing her bead necklace with pride!



Vicky Perreault is a busy mom to three kids - 3 year old twins and a 2 year old. She believes that kids learn best through play and hands-on activities. As a former teacher, Vicky finds great joy in facilitating learning and play experiences for her children and sharing those ideas with other parents on her blog Mess For Less.

6 comments:

Chey.W said...

I believe my daughter would love them. She's quite a smart little girl. She's two and already has most of her numbers down when counting, just needs a little work on 4 and 7 but other then that she can count to ten.

Vicky said...

Chey, that is great! She sounds very bright. I think this would be right up her alley. My 2 year old loved it.

Steven said...

Great! She's bright.

Trasina said...

Love the bead "toy" and it's such a fun way to teach without them even realizing they're learning!

Baby Toys said...

By watching this I could remember my childhood. I think every one had definitely played with this to learn counting numbers.

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