I use these as counters and with sorting containers. We practice patters, sorting, matching, colors, counting, number concepts, and vocabulary. I put them in sensory bins and we make necklaces with them. They are well made and fairly easy to use depending on the fine motor ability of your child. I like to use the stiff plastic string because it's easy to push through the small slit in these. Great buy!
Sooo, this is not for 2 year olds, who try to eat them and don't understand that they are not stickers. However, introduce paper, pumpkins, and glue sticks and you have fun. (Yes, messy as well.) We used pipe cleaners to make crowns and bracelets, and there are more than enough pieces for creating plenty of masterpieces.
used these for a large halloween party - each child received 10 beads and a pipe cleaner (of their choice) to make a bracelet or such to hang on a key ring or their back packs. clever, inexpensive, themed, cute.
These are great! We made necklaces as an activity for my son's outdoor fall birthday party. It was a big hit. The foam pieces are very cute. The holes through which you thread the cord are fairly small, so choose your cord carefully. I used plastic "jelly cord" I purchased at a craft store (after buying cord online that wouldn't work I took the foam pieces with me to the craft store to make sure I got the right cord!). The jelly cord is a bit stiffer than other kinds of cord and worked really well for me. I love these foam beads!