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Christmas Maths Beads

Mya needs some practice hands-on counting – especially above ten and skip count and unfortunately she’s gone off the practice sheets and wipe-erase books she used to love, so I decided to appeal to her love to all things small and beautiful and I have bought some red, white and green beads from the bargain basket in CJ Beaders in Highcliffe. I have found this blog – A Moment in Our World and decided that’s exactly what I needed. I have adjusted patterns a little and made more strands.


From the top to the bottom:

  1. Green 10 beads strand
  2. 10 beads strand – skip counting by two’s
  3. 10 beads strand – skip counting by five’s
  4. White 20 beads strand
  5. 20 beads strand with green/red/green pattern for easier counting
  6. 20 beads strand – skip counting by two’s
  7. 40 beads strand – every bead is different (I used all the leftover beads 🙂
  8. 40 beads strand – skip counting by five’s
  9. 50 beads strand – skip counting by ten’s.

All in all – Mya was very excited to receive these and second day on she’s still interested, so I think it’s been a success.

Maths with Christmas beads

Maths with Christmas beads

Skip counting with beads

Skip counting with beads


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Posted by on December 23, 2015 in Maths


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Maths practice

We did a bit of maths practice. Pegging the right number or placing a small object on the right number. Pegging uses muscles needed to prepare small hands for writing.



We’ve also done some 100 board coloring, which proved to be very popular and a lot of concentration went into completing the picture. Child has to follow instructions and find and color appropriate numbers with specified colors. I need to make some more of these myself. I’ve found this printable on 3 Dinosaurs. There’s also lots of writing practice in these sheets. Try them out! My girls love Do-a-Dot sheets – they use all sorts with them – bingo markers, stickers (see below) fingerprinting, poking with pins on a corkboard – you name it!


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Posted by on December 12, 2015 in Maths



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