CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Melissa & Doug Bead Sequencing Set
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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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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!
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 :-).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great for children to develop multiple skills! My son has cerebral palsy and can use the large beads successfully in his hand that has very limited use! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jenna R
Excellent product, nice quality, exactly as pic and its just what i was looking for... my sons love it and im totally happy with the purchase 👏👏👏👏Published 2 months ago by cris g.
It's are to get the cards and the sticks in place and even harder to get them out. My 3 year old almost stabbed himself in the eye trying to pull out one of the sticks. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Katrina
One of the best toys my son has! He loves it and I think he will for a long time.Published 3 months ago by Marion
Awesome toy. The patterns require the child to focus and at the same time help small muscle controlPublished 5 months ago by T.B.