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Melissa & Doug Primary Lacing Beads

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  • Made using the highest quality materials
  • Tested to be safe and durable
  • Great fun for your baby and child
  • Learn hand-eye coordination
  • Large wooden beads
  • Over sized holes
  • Recommended age range 3 years and up
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Melissa & Doug Primary Lacing Beads

From the Manufacturer

30 wooden beads with oversized holes teach children hand-eye coordination and color recognition. Convenient wooden case makes clean up and storage a cinch.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 9 x 7.2 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B00006JZCR
  • Item model number: 544
  • Our recommended age: 36 months - 6 years
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 3 - 3 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,334 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Laura Guenthner on April 21, 2009
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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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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Melinda J. Peterson on August 28, 2008
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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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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Emily Cooper on October 25, 2011
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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mo0o0o0o0o on May 21, 2009
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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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Banwait on September 30, 2011
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 22, 2011
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Telposky on June 23, 2008
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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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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Chitabe on July 31, 2008
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This is a plain ol' great toy! First of all~no batteries required!!! I have childre from ages 8 to 3 playing with these and they all have their own way to make it fun. It really has helped with my 3 year old's small muscle coordination, and the 8 year old uses them as her "beautiful jewels. I would highly recommend these to anybody whose child may need a little help in their hand/eye coordination. They are made out of very durable wood and the strings are nice and long. The different shapes and colors are a great tool for teaching colors, shapes, and patterns. You won't go wrong with these! PLUS they are made in the U.S.A! Hooray! I love all of Melissa and Doug's toys.
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