beading math game Math is fun but when all we do is drill our kids instead of finding fun ways to use math we kill the fun. We have to find a balance. This game is super simple and works on counting, subitizing ( recognizing amounts without counting ) , as well as fine motor and hand eye coordination. I didn’t even mention kids get to make a super cool bracelet too.

What You Will Need

roll and make bracelet

  • pipe cleaners
  • plastic pony beads
  • a die

How to Set Up The Activity

roll and bead math
  • Start by pouring the beads onto a tray or a shallow dish.
  • Prep the pipe cleaners by making a loop on the end so the beads stay on.


roll and make jewelry game
  • The youngest player goes first.
  • Roll the die and place that number of beads on the pipe cleaner.

My daughter was pleased with this simple version of the game but for older kids you could use two dice and have them add or subtract or make a pattern with the different colors.
roll and bead math game

Don’t forget to count the beads as you go to see who is winning. Who has the most? How many more? There is a ton of math in this simple activity.

roll and bead math for kids

When you are all done thread the end of the pipe cleaner through the loop twist to secure and tuck the end into the beads. Wear it with pride!

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About Allison McDonald

Allison McDonald

Allison McDonald is a former preschool teacher and director who started her popular early education blog No Time For Flash Cards as a way to keep one foot in her professional life while knee deep in motherhood. Learning should be fun and it's Allison's goal to help all parents be able to add a little fun and learning to their child's day. Allison lives in a yellow farmhouse outside of Seattle with her two kids and husband.

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