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Melissa & Doug Primary Lacing Beads

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  • Large wooden beads
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  • Recommended age range 3 years and up
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Thirty wooden beads in six vibrant colors and five distinct shapes combine with two extra-long laces for many activities. Stringing the easily grasped beads promotes eye-hand coordination, fine motor, cognitive and visual perception skills.

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Melissa & Doug toys are designed to nurture creativity and imagination.  From classic wooden toys to creative crafts, pretend play, and games, Melissa & Doug's products inspire exploration and enrich children's lives in a way that's as engaging as playtime itself! Since the Company's founding more than 25 years ago, Melissa & Doug has consistently delivered innovative children’s products with a commitment to uncompromising quality, safety, service and value. Well-designed, durable playthings should be accessible to all, and Melissa & Doug strives to foster wonder and a lifelong love of learning in children throughout the world.

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  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 9 x 7.2 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00006JZCR
  • Item model number: 544
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,503 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)

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I love this toy - and my 22-month-old twins do as well. I would just caution that the two smallest beads, while the size of very small plums, are still just small enough that they could get lodged in your toddler's mouth if they were inclined to try to get the whole thing in. I wouldn't trust my kids with this toy unsupervised for at least a few months yet (or will only let them play with the half of the beads that are substantially larger.
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This item is great for a child 2 years and older. The item will challenge the 2+ and even an older child will have fun with the beads. The beads and strings are extremely durable and safe. It comes with two strings. Even when the beads are put in a childs mouth the paint or wood does not chip off of the product.
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Bead threading sets are a valuable toy for young toddlers to practice fine motor skills, color recognition, and sorting and for older toddlers to work on sequencing. While this set provides a nice variety of colors and shapes, we found it to be unusably bad for threading.

Interior surfaces of the beads are rough and splintery, so they don't slide easily on the string. Wood grain is coarse and not able to be filed to improve the situation. We introduced this around 18 months. Through 20 months, my daughter found this set frustrating and difficult to manipulate. I thought this was because the skill was too advanced for her.

This weekend I finally gave in and purchased another set of higher quality beads with smooth holes that slide easily on the string, but are otherwise similar sizes and shapes. She was delighted to find that she could independently manage bead threading with the higher quality set. She now happily spends 15-20 minutes at a time concentrating on bead threading.

Also, after very little use, paint is chipping from the Melissa and Doug set.

This set is lower priced than most but we found it to be a poor value.
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Purchased for my 2 year old.....we have not only used it as suggested but found many other ways to play with the beads. We roll them across the table to each other, separate them into color groups, shape groups, etc and we stack them.
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for a M and D product this was very disappointing. The wood pieces are nice from the outside, but the area within the hole of each piece is like particle board. When the string rubs against it, paint chips and small wood pieces fall out. if the interior where the hole is were coated like the exterior of the beads, it would have been the perfect learning tool for my little one. VERY DISAPPOINTED. Am looking for plastic version now.
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I gave this as a gift to an 88 year old who has been developmentally disabled as a result of encephalitis. There are very few educational toys that she can enjoy and when we found that she loved the Alex Toys "String a Farm" and "String a Treat" toys so much that she nearly wore them out, we opted to try this one.

Big mistake. (1) There is nothing on one end of the lace to stop the bead from just sliding right on off. The Alex Toys versions have a built in, secured "end" to stop the beads when they are strung. (2) The "aglets" (the end of the string that you poke through the bead) on this toy are too small and too short for clumsy fingers to get all the way through the bead easily. The aglets on the Alex Toys versions are thick and long enough to make it easy to thread them through the beads. (They feature the aglets prominently in their packaging, for just that reason.) (3) The inside of the beads are unfinished, causing the thread to catch and frustrate the person using them to no end (if they weren't frustrated enough!

I normally love Melissa and Doug products, but I can't recommend this one, at least not for individuals who struggle with this kind of dexterity anyway. An alternative product is Alex Toys various versions. ALEX® Toys - Early Learning String My Abc'S -Little Hands 1487
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I purchased this product to be used by an autistic student. He likes to lace beads. He has been enjoying this product. I know that he will continue. The quality of this product is high. The finish is beautiful and uniform. I am very satisfied. I feel that this product is worth its price.
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Recommended for 3+ (because it does contain small parts), but in reality, it is far better-suited for 2+-yr-olds. It is way too easy for a 3-yr-old - my daughter finished lacing the beads in minutes, and then there wasn't much to do with the kit afterwards. The only other options are to sort beads by color (primary colors? again, way too easy for a 3-yr-old) or by shape (because they're 3-D, even I can't name half the shapes correctly).

Overall, a decent toy, but must be used much younger than the manufacturer's suggested age - under supervision, of course.
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