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Melissa & Doug Bead Sequencing Set


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  • Pattern-matching activity set
  • Includes 45 brightly colored wooden beads and 5 double-sided wooden pattern cards
  • Sturdy wooden storage box holds the dowels upright for playtime
  • 10 patterns increase in difficulty
  • Promotes matching, sequencing, and fine motor skills
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 3 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B00021HBAO
  • Item model number: 570
  • Our recommended age: 4 - 6 years
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 4 - 8 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,035 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

3 years & up. Develops shape-recognition and spatial relations. Features 10 simply designed, colorful patterns, and 45 pattern blocks in 6 different shapes and colors for replicating each pattern. Stores neatly in wooden case.

From the Manufacturer

Solid wooden beads, dowels, and 10 patterns come packed in this wooden crate. Follow a sequence, match colors and notice little details all while stacking wooden beads for a new perspective on sequencing.

Customer Reviews

There is an octagon shape on the pattern board but no corresponding octagon bead shape.
Buyer in Ohio
The box is covered by a flimsy hard plastic sheet that you have to slide back onto the box.
mercmom
The bead shapes and colors don't match the patterns and makes it hard to teach patterns.
Petra E. Williams

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By T.C. on October 13, 2004
I love Melissa & Doug toys and this one is a great concept. The patterns (that you copy with beads on poles) are on sturdy wood and vary in difficulty. However, there are lots of different bead shapes, and the pictures are sometimes hard to follow -- the oval bead looks a lot like the cylinder bead, blue looks like purple, etc. I found that I had to figure out what bead each picture was supposed to represent (not easy), teach that to my son (3 yrs), and THEN let him copy the patterns.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Dawn L. Sweet on May 27, 2008
Having purchased many Melissa & Doug products for my son, I did not hestitate to buy this. I was extremly disappointed. The blue & purple beads are so close in color that I cannot tell them apart, let alone my 2 year old! There are not enough beads to complete some of the sequence cards and the shapes are hard to determine. My son still loves to play with the set but as a teaching tool it is useless.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Christina Tracy on July 22, 2008
I rated this toy 5 stars because it is very economical. I tried to make my own bead sequencing set for my three year old but couldn't put it together for less than the cost of this complete set.

I agree that the blue and purple colored beads are a little tough to distinguish and some of the pictures on the control cards don't readily match the real beads which makes this hard for three and four year olds.

However, in the Montessori preschool books I've read, this activity is set up a little differently. You take a tray and put one or two control cards with the necessary beads and a single shoe lace. At the start, I plan to make one lace, tie it off, and then put identical beads in the basket for my son to match. Then the young child has more chance of getting used to the process.

This kit has the capability of challenging a child for a few years as you add more colors and shapes of beads and increase the length and difficulty of the sequence.

I'm a do it your self type, but I love this toy!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Leo on June 20, 2007
My son seemed to enjoy this item and I love it for the educational aspect. Patterns and sequencing are very important concepts in the early school years and even into the higher elementary grades, patterns/sequences show up in math homework & reading (i.e. sequence of a story). Sequence/pattern questions are also prominent on standardized tests. So this item is a great introduction, however, I agree with the previous reviewer, some beads are very similar making it difficult to discern on the pattern card - even I goofed on the first look. Blue does look too much like the purple and cylinders and squares look too similar on the pattern cards. Also, it needs more beads - my son wanted to fill all 5 posts but ran out of the 'right' bead to complete the additional patterns. As with all M&D toys, the quality of construction is great and even given the few minor flaws I mentioned, I would still purchase this item again.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By lm2m on May 8, 2010
My experience is exactly the same as the "Not Impressed" review. Yes, I'm the dummy who bought this despite a negative review that pointed out obvious flaws. Hopefully you will not be the same.

I usually love M&D products, and in general, they offer a much cheaper alternative to traditional items for those interested in Montessori, Waldorf, etc. I'm here to buy a child's M&D flute and this came up, so I'm compelled to share my experience:

This product is so bad that I've just left out the shapes for imaginary play and put away the rest of it. It probably IS ok for younger kids to practice threading and stacking, but to use it properly to learn patterning is probably more detrimental to a child's development than nothing at all. The colors and shapes don't match the control cards at all, which of course is The Point Of This Game.

M&D needs to find a new vendor for this one. It's a hot mess, which I recommend that you side-step around. And that's how I really feel :-).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KJH on July 17, 2009
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First, the set does not come with enough beads to complete more than 3 sequences (dowels) at a time. Why do they include 5 spaces? Secondly, there is a hexagon on the pattern, but no hexagon block. Several of the shapes are hard to distinguish and match. It is frustrating for me, let alone my 3 year old. Don't waste your money.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laura on the Plains on February 1, 2011
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There are not enough beads to do more than two (one if you have a bad draw) sequences at a time.

In the set I received, one of the cards requires two purple cubes, but there is only one purple cube in the box.

None of the cards require a blue square, yet there is one blue square in the box.

The patterns on the cards are a little misleading. One common pattern shape is an octagon, but the bead it's referring to is a barrel shape. (Yes, most children will make that connect and adapt, but it feels like lazy design.)

The beads are identical to the beads in the Melissa & Doug Primary Lacing Beads set, so I could supplement beads, but that's another $13 and would make the storage box this Sequencing Set came with less useful, because it wont fit the additional beads.

There are five dowels and five slots for the dowels, but I couldn't complete more than two sequences before needing to dismantle one, because of the shortage of beads. I was hoping this would be a good toy to help occupy my five year old while I help his older brother with schoolwork, but *one* card at a time wont occupy him for long. (Maybe a minute?) Further, I don't think he'll find only filling one of five dowels at a time very satisfying.
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