Bid that bead! – Montessori Beading

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Beading is an important part of Montessori teaching. Large beads are offered to toddlers to improve their motor skills. Small beads are offered to preschoolers to get them ready for writing. Beads – are part of sensorial materials for Montessori. Around four, mathematic bead materials are introduced.

Beads by themselves are inexpensive. But products made from beads seem to sky-rocket in prices. This is a list of resources for finding beading projects, instructions on how to make and use these materials, where to buy beads and finished products. If you know other resources, please share them as comments as the end of the article!

Most of these resources are based on information kindly shared by the members of MontessoriMakers and Playschool6 Yahoo groups. Many thanks to their incredible help!


Here is a link to to a good basic Montessori guide. There is some information on the bead materials.


If you are not a Montessori purist and don’t mind alternatives, I found a few wonderful ideas in MontessoriMakers yahoo group:

  • Colored bead garlands for Christmas trees. Green, white, purple, gold, cut the beads. Green can be cut into 2′s and it is ready for skip counting. Arrow flags can be printed from montessorimaterials.org. Kids can then write the numbers for each sequence. Gold can be stranded into hundreds and tens.
  • Stem wire (typically found in floral arrangement departments in craft stores) and craft beads for a sturdier representation
  • Mardi Gras Beads


Purchasing real glass beads:

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