Threading & patterns (4 - 5 year olds)

A fun and easy way to work on fine motor skills, counting and pattern making all in one!


Home Learning

What to do?

You will need a piece of string and some different coloured beads.

Ask your child: “I wonder how many beads you can thread onto this piece of string?”. You can encourage your child to count together with you as they thread each bead on. See if they can get to 20!

This is great for hand eye coordination as well as making those fingers strong for fine motor activities such as writing!

You can extend this activity by asking: “I wonder what pattern you could make using these beads?”. Encourage your child to create different patterns on the string by using different coloured beads. An example would be red, yellow, red, yellow.

Why learn patterns?

Understanding patterns prepares children for learning more complex and abstract mathematical concepts. For example, through practising the construction and recognition of patterns children have the opportunity to make predictions based on their observations, a very important mathematical skill.

Getting ready to thread

Threading the beads

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop fine motor skills
  • Develop eye hand coordination
  • Develops the mathematical understanding of patterns
  • Counting from 1 - 10 or higher

Ask your child

  • I wonder how many beads can fit onto this piece of string?
  • I wonder what pattern we could create using these 2/3/4 different coloured beads?