Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Beady fun!!

                                     How beads can help your child's development

My hairdressers is at the back of a fantastic bead shop and the last time we went, I decided to buy some beads for my daughter. I grew up loving my Mums button box, many of which had come from my Grandads house once he passed away. I loved the sound of the tin they were in and looking at all the different sizes, colours and shapes. I loved counting how many holes the buttons had, how many blue ones there were.......the possibilities seemed endless!!

The same can be said for beads. They come in many shapes, sizes, colours and patterns! They offer a chance for children to gain mathematical skills such as sorting, shape recognition and counting.
Looking at colour recognition, creating pictures with the beads........there is so much a child can learn and gain from these!!

The important thing is to make sure your child is developmentally ready for beads. If they are still putting things in their mouths, it would be worth waiting before introducing them, even the larger ones. Once they are ready, you can introduce them. The thing I enjoy about bead shops is that there is such an extensive variety for 10 pence upwards!! This way, I am using the beads as a treat too. Every time she goes to get her hair cut, she gets some more beads for her collection. This collection is kept in a special box (which will certainly grow as the collection does!!) and only comes out for special one to one play at the moment, as they get lost easily and scattered across the room!

You can add items to the beads daughter loves filling pots with the beads, hiding them in paper bags and envelopes too!!If you have a big enough collection and don't mind using them, you can even use them for making a collage!! Beads or buttons are a great thing to collect for your child to explore, so give it a go!!!

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