Bead preschool lesson plans
Provide the children with a shoelace and beads to string. For the more advanced student create a pattern and see if they can continue it. You may also create a pattern and have them recreate the pattern, or ask the student to create their own pattern.
Provide the children with many different large beads. Have the child press the bead on a non-toxic ink pad and press onto a piece of paper.
Create your own beads
Children can make their own beads from playdough or clay.
Find the Beads
Similar to an easter egg hunt. The adult hides beads throughout the classroom and the children then go and try to find them all. Children may carry a paper bag that they decorated or a basket, or they can collect the beads on a shoelace.
Provide the children with many different sized beads in many colors. Ask the children to sort the bead by size, color, texture or other standard.
Place a good amount of different colored beads into a dish pan. Provide different containers and cups for your child to place the beads in. Small and large. Let them experiment on their own, and with you. Let them pour the beads from one container to the other. Which container holds the most beads, or the least?
How many beads are there? How many are red? Set up activities or use the ones here that enable the students to count the beads.
Bead Counting 2
You need: Muffin Tin Raisins Small Tongs Paper, tape, pen How to: Number small pieces of paper 1 through 6. Tape these numbers into the bottom of each hole in the muffin tin. Ask your child to place the appropriate number of beads in each hole. One bead in the hole marked 1, and so on.
For older children. Fill a small jar with beads. Ask each child to guess how many beads are in the jar. For younger children, limit the number of beads to less than ten. Record each child's guess. Count the beads.
Bead Jar for School agers
Provide three identical jars with pre-counted beads of 20, 30, and 40. Label these jars 20, 30 and 40. Place 20 to 40 beads in a fourth identical jar. Allow the children to examine all four jars before they guess. Record the children's approximations. Count the beads.
Add beads to the sand and water table.
Ask the children if they think a variety of different beads will sink or float in water. Try it out.
First you need a large plastic container with a lid. (I used a shallow peanut butter container.) Next cut out paper that will fit in the lid of the container. Place a few drops of paint into the container with a few beads then place a very small amount of paint on the lid and pre-cut paper on the paint. (I use the paint to make the paper stick to the lid.) Place the lid on the container, flip and have the children shake. When finished, remove paper and allow to dry, and place a clean piece of paper in the lid for the next child.