Bead Stair

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Bead Stair
Math - Linear Counting
Age3.5 - 4
PrerequisitesAbility to count to ten

This activity teaches the child...


  1. Carry the work to a mat or table. If done at a table, use a large table mat.
  2. step two, etc.

Points of Interest

Control of Error

Variations and Extensions


The bead stair consists of 9 segments of wire strung with one to nine beads. Every number of beads is done in a different color: 1-red, 2-green, 3-peach, 4-yellow, 5-light blue, 6-lavender, 7-white, 8-brown, 9-dark blue. The beads should be as spherical as possible so that they are equally wide as long. They should measure about 7mm in diameter.