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Melissa & Doug Bead Sequencing Set

4.2 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews

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  • Pattern-matching activity set
  • Includes 46 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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Product Description

Stack the brightly colored beads on five hardwood dowels to match the pattern cards! Includes more than 46 brightly colored wooden beads and 5 double-sided wooden pattern cards. A sturdy wooden storage box contains all the pieces and holds the dowels upright for playtime. The 10 patterns increase in difficulty to build matching, sequencing, and fine motor skills.

From the Manufacturer

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.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 13 x 13 x 3 inches
Item Weight 3.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B00021HBAO
Item model number 570
Manufacturer recommended age 4 - 6 years
Best Sellers Rank #40,680 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
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4.2 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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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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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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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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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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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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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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We purchased this set for our daughter after her occupational therapist had used it with her several times. It was highly recommended on other sites and our daughter seemed to enjoy it when her therapist brought it. The set has a large number of brightly colored chunky wooden beads of different shapes, along with five dowels to set them on. The set also includes a number of wooden slats that the child can follow to make patterns. Because there are so many shapes and colors, the toy doesn't seem to grow old because there is such a variety of patterns possible. It's great for interaction and learning shapes, colors, and counting. The only drawback is that you do need to be careful of the dowels when they are upright in the holder. I always make sure to put it away as soon as she is done playing with it because I think it would be very easy to get poked in the eye if the child fell while running around, as children do. But otherwise, a great learning toy. I would recommend it for children learning shapes, colors, and stringing techniques (but would follow the age recommendation because of the possibility for problems with the dowels.)
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