• Number & Algebra: Patterning

This is the ideal manipulative for developing patterning. As children thread the beads on to the lace they are developing fine motor skills.

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Mathematical Language

Pattern, names of beads, ball (sphere), cylinder, cube, sorting, classifying, counting, colour, size..

Using Beads and Threading Laces

Children need to be able to identify patterns. Young children pass through three phases when learning about patterns. They
• copy
• continue and
• create patterns

Teachers may use large demonstration sets of beads to show patterns to children and children can use large beads to show their work to the class.
Patterns may come in many forms depending on the characteristics of the beads, for example, size, colour and shape.

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Typical Classroom Requirements

class sets:

– One Set of Giant Lacing Beads

Minimum Requirement:
  Four boxes of Beads

Ideal Requirement:
  One box per group of four students

Support and Complementary Materials

Closely associated with Beads and Laces are the various linking type products. These products are designed so that pieces may be linked to create patterns, the basis of much algebraic thinking.

Note that these links have two attributes, colour and shape.