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==Description==
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The Golden Beads are the material most essential for teaching the decimal system to children in Montessori schools.  It consists of unit beads which are just individual beads, ten bars which are short lengths of wire strung with ten beads, hundred squares which are made of 10 ten bars wired together to make a square, and thousand cubes which are made by wiring together 10 hundred squares.
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[[File:Golden Bead pic.jpg|600px]]
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Hundred squares and thousand cubes take a long time to make and can be rather expensive, so when doing activities that use a lot of hundreds and thousands, wooden representations of hundreds and thousands are used in the place of the beaded kind.<br>
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[[File:Wooden 100 and 1000.JPG|400px]]
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==Make Your Own==
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===Unit Bead===
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The least expensive unit beads available from the vendors below are a little less than a penny a piece.<br>
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The beads should be between 6 and 7.5 millimeters in diameter. They should be as spherical as possible so that they are equally wide as long.
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'''6mm Round Gold Plastic Beads'''
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*[http://www.bedazzlinbeads.com/servlet/the-2395/Lot-of-950-Matte/Detail Bedazzlinbeads] $6.99/950 '''(0.736¢)'''
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*[http://www.craftkitsandsupplies.com/round-gold-pearl-beads-p-3116.html Craft Kits and Supplies] $4.49-$4.99/750  '''(0.598¢-0.665¢)'''
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*[http://www.mcgillswarehouse.com/p/2389/bd6rm3a-6mm-light-gold-metallic-colored-round-plastic-beads McGills Warehouse] $2.49/1180 '''(0.211¢)''' (light gold)
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*[http://www.mcgillswarehouse.com/p/2390/bd6rm3b-6mm-dark-gold-colored-metallic-round-plastic-beads-approx-1180pcs-per-032lbcup McGills Warehouse] $2.49/1180 '''(0.211¢)''' (dark gold)
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*[http://www.mcgillswarehouse.com/p/2388/bd6rm3-6mm-gold-metallic-colored-round-plastic-beads-approx-1180pcs-per-032lbcup McGills Warehouse] $2.49/1180 '''(0.211¢)''' (yellow gold)
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'''6mm Round Yellow Faceted'''
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*[http://www.craftkitsandsupplies.com/acid-yellow-faceted-beads-p-1313.html Craft Kits and Supplies] $3.59-$3.99/1000  '''(0.359¢-0.399¢)'''
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===Ten Bar===
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These can be purchased for as low as $0.20 a piece (bought in groups of 45). If you can make them for less than this it could be worthwhile.
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===Beaded Hundred Square===
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These can be purchased for as low as $1.67 each (bought in groups of 9).
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===Beaded Thousand Cube===
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The lowest price for these is $15.99 each.
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===Wooden Hundred Square===
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These can be purchased for as low as $0.44 a piece (bought in groups of 45).  If you can make them for less than this it could be worthwhile.<br>
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Hundred squares and thousand cubes are 7.5cm across.  Hundred squares are 7.5mm thick.<br>
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[[Image:100 sq measure 1.jpg|160 px]] [[Image:100 sq measure 2.jpg|170 px]]<br>
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* Wooden hundred squares (and thousand cubes) could be made using a stencil made with a small hole punch and gold spray paint.<br>
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*Hundred squares can also be made [http://sporschool.blogspot.com/2010/05/diy-number-cards-hundred-squares-teens.html using a stamp made from pencil erasers].<br>
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*:[[Image:Pencil stamp.jpg|255 px]] [[Image:Pencil stamp 100.jpg|143 px]]
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*:Source:[http://sporschool.blogspot.com/2010/05/diy-number-cards-hundred-squares-teens.html Walk Beside Me]
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===Wooden Thousand Cube===
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These can be purchased for as low as $2.11 a piece (bought in groups of 9).  If you can make them for less than this it could be worthwhile.
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==Where to Buy==
 
==Where to Buy==
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'''Golden Unit Beads'''<br>
 
'''Golden Unit Beads'''<br>
 
[http://www.adenamontessori.us/details.php?did=965 Adena] 9 for $0.15<br>
 
[http://www.adenamontessori.us/details.php?did=965 Adena] 9 for $0.15<br>
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[http://www.calibermontessori.com/catalog/item/3528880/3230209.htm Caliber] 9 for $0.09<br>
 
[http://www.calibermontessori.com/catalog/item/3528880/3230209.htm Caliber] 9 for $0.09<br>
 
[http://www.montessoribuy.com/cartdetails.asp?id=HTM0254 Creative Learning] 9 for $1.00<br>
 
[http://www.montessoribuy.com/cartdetails.asp?id=HTM0254 Creative Learning] 9 for $1.00<br>
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[http://grandpas.vstore.ca/product_info.php/cPath/5/products_id/278 Grandpas] 9 for $0.50<br>
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[http://www.montessoriconcepts.com/products.php?cat=Math Montessori Concepts] 9 for $0.40<br>
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[http://www.julianagroup.com/index.lasso?page=detail&ProductID=121&FamilyID=27&skip=0 Juliana Group] 10 for $12.60 (with box)<br>
 
[http://www.adenamontessori.us/details.php?did=972 Adena] 45 for $0.53<br>
 
[http://www.adenamontessori.us/details.php?did=972 Adena] 45 for $0.53<br>
 
[http://www.alisonsmontessori.com/Golden_Bead_45_Individual_Beads_p/m62.htm Alison's] 45 for $4.00<br>
 
[http://www.alisonsmontessori.com/Golden_Bead_45_Individual_Beads_p/m62.htm Alison's] 45 for $4.00<br>
 
[http://www.bruinsmontessori.com/itemdetails.php?item_id=74 Bruins] 45 for $3.00<br>
 
[http://www.bruinsmontessori.com/itemdetails.php?item_id=74 Bruins] 45 for $3.00<br>
 
[http://www.cabdevmontessori.com/product.php?productid=16719&cat=253&page=3 Cabdev] 45 for $4.00<br>
 
[http://www.cabdevmontessori.com/product.php?productid=16719&cat=253&page=3 Cabdev] 45 for $4.00<br>
[http://www.calibermontessori.com/catalog/item/3528880/3230260.htm Caliber] 45 for $0.39<br>
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[http://www.calibermontessori.com/catalog/item/3528880/3230260.htm Caliber] '''45 for $0.39'''<br>
 
[http://www.montessoriresources.com/Bag-of-100-Beads-with-Holes-Golden--P482C7.aspx Albanesi] 100 for $9.00<br>
 
[http://www.montessoriresources.com/Bag-of-100-Beads-with-Holes-Golden--P482C7.aspx Albanesi] 100 for $9.00<br>
 
[http://www.montessoriresources.com/100-Glass-Beads-Color-Gold--P1600.aspx Albanesi] 100 for $10.00<br>
 
[http://www.montessoriresources.com/100-Glass-Beads-Color-Gold--P1600.aspx Albanesi] 100 for $10.00<br>
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[http://www.montessoribuy.com/cartdetails.asp?id=HTM0247 Creative Learning] 100 for $2.99<br>
 
[http://www.montessoribuy.com/cartdetails.asp?id=HTM0247 Creative Learning] 100 for $2.99<br>
 
[http://www.montessorimaterials.com/content/100-golden-bead-units-wooden-box E & O] 100 for $11.00 (with box)<br>
 
[http://www.montessorimaterials.com/content/100-golden-bead-units-wooden-box E & O] 100 for $11.00 (with box)<br>
 
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[http://grandpas.vstore.ca/product_info.php/cPath/5/products_id/315 Grandpas] 100 for $5.00<br>
 
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[http://shop.hellowood.com/100-Loose-Beads-MA2078.htm?categoryId=-1 Hello Wood] 100 for $10.00<br>
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[http://www.julianagroup.com/index.lasso?page=detail&ProductID=122&FamilyID=27&skip=1 Juliana Group] 100 for $4.20<br>
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[http://www.julianagroup.com/index.lasso?page=detail&ProductID=137&FamilyID=27&skip=16 Juliana Group] 100 for $15.40 (with box)<br>
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[http://www.kidadvance.com/Store/ProductDetails.asp?pid=132&catid=4 Kid Advance] 100 for $3.99<br>
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[http://www.montessoriconcepts.com/products.php?cat=Math Montessori Concepts] 45 for $1.80<br>
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[http://montessori-n-such.com/detail.aspx?ID=537 Montessori N' Such] 100 for $3.00<br>
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[http://www.montessorioutlet.com/cgi-bin/item/510500700/5105/Montessori-Outlet-100-Golden-Bead-Units-with-Box  Montessori Outlet] 100 for $2.95<br>
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[http://www.nienhuis.com/100-golden-bead-units-solid-beads-nylon-no-hole-.html Nienhuis] 100 for $6.50<br>
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[http://www.nienhuis.com/100-golden-bead-units-individual-beads-glass-with-holes-.html Nienhuis] 100 for $9.50<br>
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[http://www.nienhuis.com/100-golden-bead-units-individual-beads-nylon-with-holes-.html Nienhuis] 100 for $7.50<br>
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'''Golden Bead Ten Bars'''<br>
 
'''Golden Bead Ten Bars'''<br>
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[http://grandpas.vstore.ca/product_info.php/cPath/5/products_id/287 Grandpas] 1 for $0.50<br>
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[http://grandpas.vstore.ca/product_info.php/cPath/5/products_id/314 Grandpas] 1 for $0.70<br>
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[http://shop.hellowood.com/1-Gold-Ten-Bar-MA2080.htm Hello Wood] 1 for $1.60<br>
 
[http://www.adenamontessori.us/details.php?did=966 Adena] 9 for $2.19<br>
 
[http://www.adenamontessori.us/details.php?did=966 Adena] 9 for $2.19<br>
 
[http://www.alisonsmontessori.com/Golden_Bead_Ten_Bars_p/m61.htm Alison's] 9 for $8.00<br>
 
[http://www.alisonsmontessori.com/Golden_Bead_Ten_Bars_p/m61.htm Alison's] 9 for $8.00<br>
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[http://www.calibermontessori.com/catalog/item/3528880/3230375.htm Caliber] 9 for $1.99<br>
 
[http://www.calibermontessori.com/catalog/item/3528880/3230375.htm Caliber] 9 for $1.99<br>
 
[http://www.montessoribuy.com/cartdetails.asp?id=HTM0253 Creative Learning] 9 for $2.50<br>
 
[http://www.montessoribuy.com/cartdetails.asp?id=HTM0253 Creative Learning] 9 for $2.50<br>
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[http://www.montessoriconcepts.com/products.php?cat=Math Montessori Concepts] 9 for $2.20<br>
 
[http://www.montessoriresources.com/Golden-Tens-10-Bead-bars-with-Box-GZ-P483C7.aspx Albanesi] 10 for $18.00 (with box)<br>
 
[http://www.montessoriresources.com/Golden-Tens-10-Bead-bars-with-Box-GZ-P483C7.aspx Albanesi] 10 for $18.00 (with box)<br>
 
[http://www.cabdevmontessori.com/product.php?productid=16712&cat=253&page=2 Cabdev] 10 for $10.00<br>
 
[http://www.cabdevmontessori.com/product.php?productid=16712&cat=253&page=2 Cabdev] 10 for $10.00<br>
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[http://www.julianagroup.com/index.lasso?page=detail&ProductID=126&FamilyID=27&skip=5 Juliana Group] 10 for $19.60 (with box)<br>
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[http://www.julianagroup.com/index.lasso?page=detail&ProductID=127&FamilyID=27&skip=6 Juliana Group] 10 for $7.00<br>
 
[http://www.adenamontessori.us/details.php?did=971 Adena] 45 for $10.20<br>
 
[http://www.adenamontessori.us/details.php?did=971 Adena] 45 for $10.20<br>
 
[http://www.montessoriresources.com/Golden-Tens-45-with-Box-P318C7.aspx Albanesi] 45 for $36.00 (with box)<br>
 
[http://www.montessoriresources.com/Golden-Tens-45-with-Box-P318C7.aspx Albanesi] 45 for $36.00 (with box)<br>
 
[http://www.bruinsmontessori.com/itemdetails.php?item_id=73 Bruins] 45 for $39.00<br>
 
[http://www.bruinsmontessori.com/itemdetails.php?item_id=73 Bruins] 45 for $39.00<br>
 
[http://www.cabdevmontessori.com/product.php?productid=16720&cat=253&page=3 Cabdev] 45 for $52.00<br>
 
[http://www.cabdevmontessori.com/product.php?productid=16720&cat=253&page=3 Cabdev] 45 for $52.00<br>
[http://www.calibermontessori.com/catalog/item/3528880/3230489.htm Caliber] 45 for $8.99<br>
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[http://www.calibermontessori.com/catalog/item/3528880/3230489.htm Caliber] '''45 for $8.99'''<br>
 
[http://www.montessoribuy.com/cartdetails.asp?id=HTM0246 Creative Learning] 45 for $11.95<br>
 
[http://www.montessoribuy.com/cartdetails.asp?id=HTM0246 Creative Learning] 45 for $11.95<br>
 
[http://www.montessorimaterials.com/content/45-golden-bead-bars-10-wooden-box E & O] 45 for $59.00 (with box)<br>
 
[http://www.montessorimaterials.com/content/45-golden-bead-bars-10-wooden-box E & O] 45 for $59.00 (with box)<br>
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[http://grandpas.vstore.ca/product_info.php/cPath/5/products_id/186 Grandpas] 45 for $16.00<br>
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[http://grandpas.vstore.ca/product_info.php/cPath/5/products_id/317 Grandpas] 45 for $18.00<br>
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[http://shop.hellowood.com/Box-with-45-Ten-Bars-MA2082.htm Hello Wood] 45 for $75.00 (with box)<br>
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[http://www.julianagroup.com/mathematics.lasso?page=detail&Category=&SubCategory=Mathematics&NewItem=&Overstock=&Description=&skip=25 Juliana Group] 45 for $29.40 (with box)<br>
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[http://www.kidadvance.com/Store/ProductDetails.asp?pid=131&catid=4 Kid Advance] 45 for $11.99<br>
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[http://www.kidadvance.com/Store/ProductDetails.asp?pid=684&catid=4 Kid Advance] 45 for $16.99(with box)<br>
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[http://www.montessoriconcepts.com/store/p70/9_GOLDEN_BEAD_BARS_OF_10_%28MA044%29.html Montessori Concepts] 9 for $3.00<br>
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[http://montessori-n-such.com/detail.aspx?ID=537 Montessori N' Such] 45 for $25.00<br>
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[http://www.montessorioutlet.com/cgi-bin/item/510500710/5105/Montessori-Outlet-45-Golden-Bead-Bars-of-10-with-Wooden-Box Montessori Outlet] 45 for $12.95 (with box)<br>
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[http://www.nienhuis.com/45-golden-bars-of-10-in-box-individual-beads-glass.html Nienhuis] 45 for $57.50 (with box)<br>
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[http://www.nienhuis.com/45-golden-bars-of-10-in-box-connected-beads-nylon.html Nienhuis] 45 for $35.50 (with box)<br>
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[http://www.nienhuis.com/45-golden-bars-of-10-in-box-individual-beads-nylon.html Nienhuis] 45 for $50.50 (with box)<br>
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[https://merocomontessori.com/montessori-math-materials/22-100-yellow-beads.html Meroco Montessori] $15.5 (100 yellow beads) <br>
  
 
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'''Golden Bead Hundred Squares'''<br>
 
'''Golden Bead Hundred Squares'''<br>
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[http://www.montessoribuy.com/cartdetails.asp?id=HTM0245 Creative Learning] 1 for $2.75<br>
 
[http://www.montessoribuy.com/cartdetails.asp?id=HTM0245 Creative Learning] 1 for $2.75<br>
 
[http://www.montessorimaterials.com/content/one-golden-bead-square-100 E & O] 1 for $11.00<br>
 
[http://www.montessorimaterials.com/content/one-golden-bead-square-100 E & O] 1 for $11.00<br>
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[http://grandpas.vstore.ca/product_info.php/cPath/5/products_id/277 Grandpas] 1 for $4.00<br>
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[http://shop.hellowood.com/1-Gold-Square-MA2090.htm Hello Wood] 1 for $20.00<br>
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[http://www.julianagroup.com/index.lasso?page=detail&ProductID=129&FamilyID=27&skip=8 Juliana Group] 1 for $5.60<br>
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[http://www.kidadvance.com/Store/ProductDetails.asp?pid=1316&catid=4 Kid Advance] 1 for $2.99<br>
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[http://www.montessorioutlet.com/cgi-bin/item/510500720/5105/Montessori-Outlet-Golden-Bead-Hundred-Square Montessori Outlet] 1 for $2.95<br>
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[http://www.nienhuis.com/one-golden-bead-square-of-100-connected-beads-nylon.html Nienhuis] 1 for $3.50<br>
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[http://www.nienhuis.com/one-golden-bead-square-of-100-individual-beads-glass.html Nienhuis] 1 for $14.50<br>
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[http://www.nienhuis.com/one-golden-bead-square-of-100-individual-beads-nylon.html Nienhuis] 1 for $13.00<br>
 
[http://www.adenamontessori.us/details.php?did=969 Adena] 9 for $20.41<br>
 
[http://www.adenamontessori.us/details.php?did=969 Adena] 9 for $20.41<br>
 
[http://www.alisonsmontessori.com/Golden_Bead_100_Squares_p/m60.htm Alison's] 9 for $36.00<br>
 
[http://www.alisonsmontessori.com/Golden_Bead_100_Squares_p/m60.htm Alison's] 9 for $36.00<br>
 
[http://www.bruinsmontessori.com/itemdetails.php?item_id=66 Bruins] 9 for $85.00<br>
 
[http://www.bruinsmontessori.com/itemdetails.php?item_id=66 Bruins] 9 for $85.00<br>
 
[http://www.cabdevmontessori.com/product.php?productid=16713&cat=253&page=2 Cabdev] 9 for $55.00<br>
 
[http://www.cabdevmontessori.com/product.php?productid=16713&cat=253&page=2 Cabdev] 9 for $55.00<br>
[http://www.calibermontessori.com/catalog/item/3528880/3230483.htm Caliber] 9 for $14.99<br>
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[http://www.calibermontessori.com/catalog/item/3528880/3230483.htm Caliber] '''9 for $14.99'''<br>
 
[http://www.montessoribuy.com/cartdetails.asp?id=HTM0252 Creative Learning] 9 for $19.95<br>
 
[http://www.montessoribuy.com/cartdetails.asp?id=HTM0252 Creative Learning] 9 for $19.95<br>
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[http://www.montessoriconcepts.com/products.php?cat=Math Montessori Concepts] 9 for $20.00<br>
 
[http://www.montessoriresources.com/Ten-Glass-Squares-Of-100-P1486C7.aspx Albanesi] 10 for $125.00<br>
 
[http://www.montessoriresources.com/Ten-Glass-Squares-Of-100-P1486C7.aspx Albanesi] 10 for $125.00<br>
 
[http://www.montessoriresources.com/Golden-Hundred-Bead-Squares-10-with-Box--P480C7.aspx Albanesi] 10 for $68.00 (with box)<br>
 
[http://www.montessoriresources.com/Golden-Hundred-Bead-Squares-10-with-Box--P480C7.aspx Albanesi] 10 for $68.00 (with box)<br>
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[http://www.julianagroup.com/index.lasso?page=detail&ProductID=128&FamilyID=27&skip=7 Juliana Group] 10 for $58.80 (with box)<br>
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[http://montessori-n-such.com/detail.aspx?ID=1412 Montessori N' Such] 10 for $48.00<br>
 
[http://www.adenamontessori.us/details.php?did=970 Adena] 45 for $87.45<br>
 
[http://www.adenamontessori.us/details.php?did=970 Adena] 45 for $87.45<br>
 
[http://www.calibermontessori.com/catalog/item/3528880/3230534.htm Caliber] 45 for $79.99<br>
 
[http://www.calibermontessori.com/catalog/item/3528880/3230534.htm Caliber] 45 for $79.99<br>
 
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[http://www.montessoriconcepts.com/products.php?cat=Math Montessori Concepts] 45 for $85.00<br>
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'''Golden Bead Thousand Cubes'''<br>
 
'''Golden Bead Thousand Cubes'''<br>
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[http://www.bruinsmontessori.com/itemdetails.php?item_id=62 Bruins] 1 for $75.00<br>
 
[http://www.bruinsmontessori.com/itemdetails.php?item_id=62 Bruins] 1 for $75.00<br>
 
[http://www.cabdevmontessori.com/product.php?productid=16715&cat=253&page=2 Cabdev] 1 for $82.00<br>
 
[http://www.cabdevmontessori.com/product.php?productid=16715&cat=253&page=2 Cabdev] 1 for $82.00<br>
[http://www.calibermontessori.com/catalog/item/3528880/3230312.htm Caliber] 1 for $15.99<br>
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[http://www.calibermontessori.com/catalog/item/3528880/3230312.htm Caliber] '''1 for $15.99'''<br>
 
[http://www.montessoribuy.com/cartdetails.asp?id=HTM0231 Creative Learning] 1 for $21.95<br>
 
[http://www.montessoribuy.com/cartdetails.asp?id=HTM0231 Creative Learning] 1 for $21.95<br>
[http://www.montessorimaterials.com/content/one-golden-bead-cube-1000 E & O] 1 for $ 92.00<br>
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[http://www.montessorimaterials.com/content/one-golden-bead-cube-1000 E & O] 1 for $92.00<br>
 
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[http://grandpas.vstore.ca/product_info.php/cPath/5/products_id/288 Grandpas] 1 for $37.00<br>
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[http://grandpas.vstore.ca/product_info.php/cPath/5/products_id/312 Grandpas] 1 for $39.00<br>
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[http://shop.hellowood.com/1-Gold-Cube-MA2092.htm Hello Wood] 1 for $150.00<br>
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[http://www.julianagroup.com/index.lasso?page=detail&ProductID=130&FamilyID=27&skip=9 Juliana Group] 1 for $65.80 (with box)<br>
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[http://www.julianagroup.com/index.lasso?page=detail&ProductID=131&FamilyID=27&skip=10 Juliana Group] 1 for $49.00 (with box)<br>
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[http://www.kidadvance.com/Store/ProductDetails.asp?pid=127&catid=4 Kid Advance] 1 for $23.99<br>
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[http://www.montessoriconcepts.com/store/p71/GOLDEN_BEAD_THOUSAND_CUBE_%28MA045%29.html Montessori Concepts] 1 for $37.00<br>
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[http://montessori-n-such.com/detail.aspx?ID=1413 Montessori N' Such] 1 for $48.00<br>
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[http://www.montessorioutlet.com/cgi-bin/item/510500730/5105/Montessori-Outlet-Golden-Bead-Thousand-Cube Montessori Outlet] 1 for $27.95<br>
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[http://www.nienhuis.com/one-golden-bead-cube-of-1000-connected-beads-nylon.html Nienhuis] 1 for $30.50<br>
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[http://www.nienhuis.com/one-golden-bead-cube-of-1000-individual-beads-glass.html Nienhuis] 1 for $101.50<br>
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[http://www.nienhuis.com/one-golden-bead-cube-of-1000-individual-beads-nylon.html Nienhuis] 1 for $85.50<br>
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'''Wooden Hundred Squares'''<br>
 
'''Wooden Hundred Squares'''<br>
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[http://www.julianagroup.com/mathematics.lasso?page=detail&Category=&SubCategory=Mathematics&NewItem=&Overstock=&Description=&skip=27 Juliana Group] 1 for $1.40<br>
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[http://www.kidadvance.com/Store/ProductDetails.asp?pid=800&catid=4 Kid Advance] 10 for $5.99<br>
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[http://www.montessorioutlet.com/cgi-bin/item/510500680/5105/Montessori-Outlet-10-Wooden-Square-of-100 Montessori Outlet] 10 for $7.95<br>
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[http://www.nienhuis.com/wooden-square-of-100-set-of-10-1-2.html Nienhuis] 10 for $22.50<br>
 
[http://www.adenamontessori.us/details.php?did=953 Adena] 45 for $23.32<br>
 
[http://www.adenamontessori.us/details.php?did=953 Adena] 45 for $23.32<br>
 
[http://www.montessoriresources.com/Wooden-Hundred-Squares-45-with-Tray-P319C7.aspx Albanesi] 45 for $177.00 (with tray)<br>
 
[http://www.montessoriresources.com/Wooden-Hundred-Squares-45-with-Tray-P319C7.aspx Albanesi] 45 for $177.00 (with tray)<br>
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[http://www.bruinsmontessori.com/itemdetails.php?item_id=72 Bruins] 45 for $55.00<br>
 
[http://www.bruinsmontessori.com/itemdetails.php?item_id=72 Bruins] 45 for $55.00<br>
 
[http://www.cabdevmontessori.com/product.php?productid=16721&cat=253&page=3 Cabdev] 45 for $57.00<br>
 
[http://www.cabdevmontessori.com/product.php?productid=16721&cat=253&page=3 Cabdev] 45 for $57.00<br>
[http://www.calibermontessori.com/catalog/item/3528880/3225845.htm Caliber] 45 for $19.99<br>
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[http://www.calibermontessori.com/catalog/item/3528880/3225845.htm Caliber] '''45 for $19.99'''<br>
 
[http://www.montessoribuy.com/cartdetails.asp?id=HTM0197 Creative Learning] 45 for $23.95<br>
 
[http://www.montessoribuy.com/cartdetails.asp?id=HTM0197 Creative Learning] 45 for $23.95<br>
 
[http://www.montessorimaterials.com/content/45-wooden-squares-100 E & O] 45 for $82.00<br>
 
[http://www.montessorimaterials.com/content/45-wooden-squares-100 E & O] 45 for $82.00<br>
 
[http://grandpas.vstore.ca/product_info.php/cPath/5/products_id/293 Grandpas] 45 for $26.00<br>
 
[http://grandpas.vstore.ca/product_info.php/cPath/5/products_id/293 Grandpas] 45 for $26.00<br>
 
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[http://www.julianagroup.com/mathematics.lasso?page=detail&Category=&SubCategory=Mathematics&NewItem=&Overstock=&Description=&skip=26 Juliana Group] 45 for $119.00 (with tray)<br>
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[http://www.kidadvance.com/Store/ProductDetails.asp?pid=108&catid=4 Kid Advance] 45 for $23.99<br>
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[http://www.montessoriconcepts.com/products.php?cat=Math Montessori Concepts] '''45 for $20.00'''<br>
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[http://www.montessoriland.com/site/1270021/product/ID_%202027 Montessori Land] 45 for $32.00<br>
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'''Wooden Thousand Cubes'''<br>
 
'''Wooden Thousand Cubes'''<br>
 
[http://www.montessoriresources.com/Single-Wooden-Cube--P1434C7.aspx Albanesi] 1 for $9.00<br>
 
[http://www.montessoriresources.com/Single-Wooden-Cube--P1434C7.aspx Albanesi] 1 for $9.00<br>
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[http://www.julianagroup.com/mathematics.lasso?page=detail&Category=&SubCategory=Mathematics&NewItem=&Overstock=&Description=&skip=29 Juliana Group] 1 for $7.00<br>
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[http://montessori-n-such.com/detail.aspx?ID=522 Montessori N' Such] 1 for $4.50<br>
 
[http://www.adenamontessori.us/details.php?did=954 Adena] 9 for $23.32<br>
 
[http://www.adenamontessori.us/details.php?did=954 Adena] 9 for $23.32<br>
 
[http://www.alisonsmontessori.com/Montessori_Wooden_Nine_Thousand_Cubes_p/m44.htm Alison's] 9 for $22.00<br>
 
[http://www.alisonsmontessori.com/Montessori_Wooden_Nine_Thousand_Cubes_p/m44.htm Alison's] 9 for $22.00<br>
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[http://www.montessorimaterials.com/content/9-wooden-cubes-1000 E & O] 9 for $64.00<br>
 
[http://www.montessorimaterials.com/content/9-wooden-cubes-1000 E & O] 9 for $64.00<br>
 
[http://grandpas.vstore.ca/product_info.php/cPath/5/products_id/292 Grandpas] 9 for $24.00<br>
 
[http://grandpas.vstore.ca/product_info.php/cPath/5/products_id/292 Grandpas] 9 for $24.00<br>
 
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[http://www.julianagroup.com/mathematics.lasso?page=detail&Category=&SubCategory=Mathematics&NewItem=&Overstock=&Description=&skip=28 Juliana Group] 9 for $100.80 (with tray)<br>
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[http://www.kidadvance.com/Store/ProductDetails.asp?pid=107&catid=4 Kid Advance] 9 for $23.99<br>
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[http://www.montessoriconcepts.com/products.php?cat=Math Montessori Concepts] '''9 for $19.00'''<br>
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[http://www.montessoriland.com/site/1270021/product/ID_%202026 Montessori Land] 9 for $30.00<br>
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[http://montessori-n-such.com/detail.aspx?ID=522 Montessori N' Such] 10 for $35.00<br>
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[http://www.montessorioutlet.com/cgi-bin/item/510500690/5105/Montessori-Outlet-10-Wooden-Cube-of-1000 Montessori Outlet] 10 for $29.95<br>
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[http://www.nienhuis.com/mathematics/all-products-1-2/wooden-cube-of-1000-set-of-10.html Nienhuis] 10 for $59.90<br>
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'''Unit Bead Cups'''<br>
 
'''Unit Bead Cups'''<br>
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[http://www.bruinsmontessori.com/itemdetails.php?item_id=275 Bruins] 1 for $2.00<br>
 
[http://www.bruinsmontessori.com/itemdetails.php?item_id=275 Bruins] 1 for $2.00<br>
 
[http://www.montessoribuy.com/cartdetails.asp?id=HTM0020 Creative Learning] 2 for $6.00<br>
 
[http://www.montessoribuy.com/cartdetails.asp?id=HTM0020 Creative Learning] 2 for $6.00<br>
 
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'''Sets'''<br>
 
'''Sets'''<br>
 
[http://www.montessoriresources.com/Complete-Bead-Materials-093thru098-0991-0992-100-P207C7.aspx Albanesi] $600.00<br>
 
[http://www.montessoriresources.com/Complete-Bead-Materials-093thru098-0991-0992-100-P207C7.aspx Albanesi] $600.00<br>
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[http://www.cabdevmontessori.com/product.php?productid=16859&cat=253&page=3 Cabdev] $635.00<br>
 
[http://www.cabdevmontessori.com/product.php?productid=16859&cat=253&page=3 Cabdev] $635.00<br>
 
[http://www.montessorimaterials.com/content/golden-bead-material-plastic-cards-individual-nylon-beads E & O] $495.00<br>
 
[http://www.montessorimaterials.com/content/golden-bead-material-plastic-cards-individual-nylon-beads E & O] $495.00<br>
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[http://grandpas.vstore.ca/product_info.php/cPath/5/products_id/190 Grandpas] $169.00<br>
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[http://grandpas.vstore.ca/product_info.php/cPath/5/products_id/318 Grandpas] $179.00<br>
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[http://www.julianagroup.com/mathematics.lasso?page=detail&Category=&SubCategory=Mathematics&NewItem=&Overstock=&Description=&skip=38 Juliana Group] $511.00<br>
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[http://www.julianagroup.com/mathematics.lasso?page=detail&Category=&SubCategory=Mathematics&NewItem=&Overstock=&Description=&skip=39 Juliana Group] $645.60<br>
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[http://www.kidadvance.com/Store/ProductDetails.asp?pid=818&catid=4 Kid Advance] $239.99<br><br>
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==Base 10 Blocks==
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An alternative to the golden beads that are used in many public elementary schools are base ten blocks.  These are made out of plastic and are a bit larger than the golden beads.  I have not yet found these at a lower cost than the equivalent golden beads.  If you can find a good deal on a used set they would be fine to use instead.
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[[File:LSITS golden beads.JPG|330px]]<br>
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Source: [http://www.littleschoolhouseinthesuburbs.com/2011/11/carrying-take-two.html Little Schoolhouse in the Suburbs]
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===Where to Buy===
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I've included a comparison of what an equivalent amount of Golden Beads would cost (assuming the least expensive option).  I've listed prices assuming wooden ''(w)'' and then beaded ''(b)'' hundreds and thousands.<br>
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[http://www.etacuisenaire.com/catalog/product?deptId=BASETEN&d0=MATH&d1=COMPUTATION&d2=BASETEN&d3=290&prodId=290 ETA Cuisenaire]  $137.95 (400 units, 200 tens, 40 hundreds, 4 thousands) ''(w-$70.04, b-$174.76)''<br>
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[http://www.etacuisenaire.com/catalog/product?deptId=BASETEN&d0=MATH&d1=COMPUTATION&d2=BASETEN&d3=46394&prodId=46394 ETA Cuisenaire]  $249.95 (1,000 units, 500 tens, 100 hundreds, 10 thousands) ''(w-$175.10, b-$436.90)''<br>
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[http://www.etacuisenaire.com/catalog/product?deptId=BASETEN&d0=MATH&d1=COMPUTATION&d2=BASETEN&d3=46394&prodId=46394 ETA Cuisenaire]  $109.95 (600 units, 300 tens, 30 hundreds) ''(w-$79.20, b-$116.10)''<br>
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[http://www.learningresources.com/product/teachers/shop+by+category/manipulatives/math/base+ten+-+place+value/plastic+base+ten+class+set.do?sortby=ourPicks& Learning Resources] $129.99 (600 units, 200 tens, 20 hundreds, 3 thousands) ''(w-$61.13, b-$127.37)''<br>
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[http://www.learningresources.com/product/teachers/shop+by+category/manipulatives/math/base+ten+-+place+value/interlocking+base+ten-+class+set.do?sortby=ourPicks& Learning Resources] $99.99 (600 units, 200 tens, 20 hundreds, 3 thousands) ''(w-$61.13, b-$127.37)''<br>
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[http://www.learningresources.com/product/teachers/shop+by+category/manipulatives/math/base+ten+-+place+value/plastic+base+ten+place+value+set.do?sortby=ourPicks& Learning Resources] $62.99 (100 units, 50 tens, 10 hundreds, 1 thousand) ''(w-$21.73, b-$75.67)''<br>
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[http://www.learningresources.com/product/teachers/shop+by+category/manipulatives/math/base+ten+-+place+value/plastic+base+ten+components-+1+x+1+x+1+cm+units.do?sortby=ourPicks& Learning Resources] $3.50 (100 units) ''(b-$1.00)''<br>
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[http://www.learningresources.com/product/teachers/shop+by+category/manipulatives/math/base+ten+-+place+value/plastic+base+ten+components-+10+x+10+x+10+cm+cube.do?sortby=ourPicks& Learning Resources] $5.99 (1 thousand) ''(w-$2.11, b-$15.99)''<br>
  
==Make Your Own==
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Latest revision as of 16:30, 18 March 2019

Description

The Golden Beads are the material most essential for teaching the decimal system to children in Montessori schools. It consists of unit beads which are just individual beads, ten bars which are short lengths of wire strung with ten beads, hundred squares which are made of 10 ten bars wired together to make a square, and thousand cubes which are made by wiring together 10 hundred squares.
Golden Bead pic.jpg
Hundred squares and thousand cubes take a long time to make and can be rather expensive, so when doing activities that use a lot of hundreds and thousands, wooden representations of hundreds and thousands are used in the place of the beaded kind.

Wooden 100 and 1000.JPG

Make Your Own

Unit Bead

The least expensive unit beads available from the vendors below are a little less than a penny a piece.
The beads should be between 6 and 7.5 millimeters in diameter. They should be as spherical as possible so that they are equally wide as long.

6mm Round Gold Plastic Beads

6mm Round Yellow Faceted

Ten Bar

These can be purchased for as low as $0.20 a piece (bought in groups of 45). If you can make them for less than this it could be worthwhile.

Beaded Hundred Square

These can be purchased for as low as $1.67 each (bought in groups of 9).

Beaded Thousand Cube

The lowest price for these is $15.99 each.

Wooden Hundred Square

These can be purchased for as low as $0.44 a piece (bought in groups of 45). If you can make them for less than this it could be worthwhile.

Hundred squares and thousand cubes are 7.5cm across. Hundred squares are 7.5mm thick.
100 sq measure 1.jpg 100 sq measure 2.jpg

Wooden Thousand Cube

These can be purchased for as low as $2.11 a piece (bought in groups of 9). If you can make them for less than this it could be worthwhile.

Where to Buy

Golden Unit Beads
Adena 9 for $0.15
Bruins 9 for $0.60
Cabdev 9 for $2.00
Caliber 9 for $0.09
Creative Learning 9 for $1.00
Grandpas 9 for $0.50
Montessori Concepts 9 for $0.40
Juliana Group 10 for $12.60 (with box)
Adena 45 for $0.53
Alison's 45 for $4.00
Bruins 45 for $3.00
Cabdev 45 for $4.00
Caliber 45 for $0.39
Albanesi 100 for $9.00
Albanesi 100 for $10.00
Albanesi 100 for $18.00 (with box)
Creative Learning 100 for $2.99
E & O 100 for $11.00 (with box)
Grandpas 100 for $5.00
Hello Wood 100 for $10.00
Juliana Group 100 for $4.20
Juliana Group 100 for $15.40 (with box)
Kid Advance 100 for $3.99
Montessori Concepts 45 for $1.80
Montessori N' Such 100 for $3.00
Montessori Outlet 100 for $2.95
Nienhuis 100 for $6.50
Nienhuis 100 for $9.50
Nienhuis 100 for $7.50

Golden Bead Ten Bars
Grandpas 1 for $0.50
Grandpas 1 for $0.70
Hello Wood 1 for $1.60
Adena 9 for $2.19
Alison's 9 for $8.00
Bruins 9 for $12.00 (with box)
Bruins 9 for $9.00
Caliber 9 for $1.99
Creative Learning 9 for $2.50
Montessori Concepts 9 for $2.20
Albanesi 10 for $18.00 (with box)
Cabdev 10 for $10.00
Juliana Group 10 for $19.60 (with box)
Juliana Group 10 for $7.00
Adena 45 for $10.20
Albanesi 45 for $36.00 (with box)
Bruins 45 for $39.00
Cabdev 45 for $52.00
Caliber 45 for $8.99
Creative Learning 45 for $11.95
E & O 45 for $59.00 (with box)
Grandpas 45 for $16.00
Grandpas 45 for $18.00
Hello Wood 45 for $75.00 (with box)
Juliana Group 45 for $29.40 (with box)
Kid Advance 45 for $11.99
Kid Advance 45 for $16.99(with box)
Montessori Concepts 9 for $3.00
Montessori N' Such 45 for $25.00
Montessori Outlet 45 for $12.95 (with box)
Nienhuis 45 for $57.50 (with box)
Nienhuis 45 for $35.50 (with box)
Nienhuis 45 for $50.50 (with box)
Meroco Montessori $15.5 (100 yellow beads)

Golden Bead Hundred Squares
Albanesi 1 for $8.00
Bruins 1 for $10.00
Cabdev 1 for $11.00
Creative Learning 1 for $2.75
E & O 1 for $11.00
Grandpas 1 for $4.00
Hello Wood 1 for $20.00
Juliana Group 1 for $5.60
Kid Advance 1 for $2.99
Montessori Outlet 1 for $2.95
Nienhuis 1 for $3.50
Nienhuis 1 for $14.50
Nienhuis 1 for $13.00
Adena 9 for $20.41
Alison's 9 for $36.00
Bruins 9 for $85.00
Cabdev 9 for $55.00
Caliber 9 for $14.99
Creative Learning 9 for $19.95
Montessori Concepts 9 for $20.00
Albanesi 10 for $125.00
Albanesi 10 for $68.00 (with box)
Juliana Group 10 for $58.80 (with box)
Montessori N' Such 10 for $48.00
Adena 45 for $87.45
Caliber 45 for $79.99
Montessori Concepts 45 for $85.00
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Golden Bead Thousand Cubes
Adena 1 for $22.15
Albanesi 1 for $60.00
Albanesi 1 for $80.00 (with box)
Alison's 1 for $36.00
Bruins 1 for $75.00
Cabdev 1 for $82.00
Caliber 1 for $15.99
Creative Learning 1 for $21.95
E & O 1 for $92.00
Grandpas 1 for $37.00
Grandpas 1 for $39.00
Hello Wood 1 for $150.00
Juliana Group 1 for $65.80 (with box)
Juliana Group 1 for $49.00 (with box)
Kid Advance 1 for $23.99
Montessori Concepts 1 for $37.00
Montessori N' Such 1 for $48.00
Montessori Outlet 1 for $27.95
Nienhuis 1 for $30.50
Nienhuis 1 for $101.50
Nienhuis 1 for $85.50
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Wooden Hundred Squares
Juliana Group 1 for $1.40
Kid Advance 10 for $5.99
Montessori Outlet 10 for $7.95
Nienhuis 10 for $22.50
Adena 45 for $23.32
Albanesi 45 for $177.00 (with tray)
Alison's 45 for $22.00
Alison's 45 for $44.50
Bruins 45 for $55.00
Cabdev 45 for $57.00
Caliber 45 for $19.99
Creative Learning 45 for $23.95
E & O 45 for $82.00
Grandpas 45 for $26.00
Juliana Group 45 for $119.00 (with tray)
Kid Advance 45 for $23.99
Montessori Concepts 45 for $20.00
Montessori Land 45 for $32.00

Wooden Thousand Cubes
Albanesi 1 for $9.00
Juliana Group 1 for $7.00
Montessori N' Such 1 for $4.50
Adena 9 for $23.32
Alison's 9 for $22.00
Alison's 9 for $45.00
Bruins 9 for $39.00
Cabdev 9 for $59.00
Caliber 9 for $19.99
Creative Learning 9 for $23.95
E & O 9 for $64.00
Grandpas 9 for $24.00
Juliana Group 9 for $100.80 (with tray)
Kid Advance 9 for $23.99
Montessori Concepts 9 for $19.00
Montessori Land 9 for $30.00
Montessori N' Such 10 for $35.00
Montessori Outlet 10 for $29.95
Nienhuis 10 for $59.90

Unit Bead Cups
Alison's 2 for $7.00
Bruins 1 for $2.00
Creative Learning 2 for $6.00

Sets
Albanesi $600.00
Alison's $206.00 (45 layout with large number cards)
Alison's $350.00
Alison's $405.00
Bruins $485.00
Bruins $220.00
Cabdev $635.00
E & O $495.00
Grandpas $169.00
Grandpas $179.00
Juliana Group $511.00
Juliana Group $645.60
Kid Advance $239.99

Base 10 Blocks

An alternative to the golden beads that are used in many public elementary schools are base ten blocks. These are made out of plastic and are a bit larger than the golden beads. I have not yet found these at a lower cost than the equivalent golden beads. If you can find a good deal on a used set they would be fine to use instead.

Where to Buy

I've included a comparison of what an equivalent amount of Golden Beads would cost (assuming the least expensive option). I've listed prices assuming wooden (w) and then beaded (b) hundreds and thousands.

ETA Cuisenaire $137.95 (400 units, 200 tens, 40 hundreds, 4 thousands) (w-$70.04, b-$174.76)
ETA Cuisenaire $249.95 (1,000 units, 500 tens, 100 hundreds, 10 thousands) (w-$175.10, b-$436.90)
ETA Cuisenaire $109.95 (600 units, 300 tens, 30 hundreds) (w-$79.20, b-$116.10)
Learning Resources $129.99 (600 units, 200 tens, 20 hundreds, 3 thousands) (w-$61.13, b-$127.37)
Learning Resources $99.99 (600 units, 200 tens, 20 hundreds, 3 thousands) (w-$61.13, b-$127.37)
Learning Resources $62.99 (100 units, 50 tens, 10 hundreds, 1 thousand) (w-$21.73, b-$75.67)
Learning Resources $3.50 (100 units) (b-$1.00)
Learning Resources $5.99 (1 thousand) (w-$2.11, b-$15.99)