Stringing beads as an open-ended activity develops eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills and re-enforces color, shape, and size awareness. This naturally leads to creating designs. Logic Beads adds another component-six double-sided pattern cards. To complete each pattern, preschoolers choose corresponding beads from an assortment of 72 beads in three shapes, three different sizes, and four colors. Having matched beads to those pictured, children string their beads. Arranging beads in sequential order requires observation and keen attention to details. Each bead must match the color, shape, and
size shown on the card and be placed in the prescribed order. Taking a design from a flat illustration to a three dimensional model is challenging. One inadvertent mis-match near the beginning can mean having to begin again when comparing finished project to the pattern. That’s when beading becomes a lesson in problem solving and persistence.