I bought a bucket of these a couple of months ago and put them out on M’s shelves as a fine motor activity. He is crazy about them! We also bought the set of two clear plastic pegboards, and he places the beads on the little pegs. Once he’s made a design he likes, I iron it for him (with the included ironing paper) and they melt together. I’m sure most of you have seen the mini version of this for older kids, but the Biggie version is a great way to start those little fingers out!
At first M made his own designs, like these:Going clockwise from the top – a square, ,a wagon, a truck, and dragon bones. :)
But just recently he became interested in using the patterns that came with the peg boards. Then we found more patterns for them here, which was very exciting, and I was told to print them all out. :) *Note: the patterns for Biggie Beads start at the bottom of the page that I’ve linked to.
His collection so far:Honestly, I think that photo shows only part of what he’s made; we’ve gone through 2 buckets so far, but I’m not sure where he’s hoarding the rest of his creations.
This has ended up being a fantastic activity for him – it works those fine motor muscles in his hand, works on the all-important tripod grasp, has helped him develop some patience and perseverance as he sees each pattern to the end, matching up the beads just right to the pattern. It has expanded his attention span also, and gives him a good sense of accomplishment and pride in a job completed. Wow – all that from a bucket of beads! :)
M will be 4 soon, and once we finish up our most recent bucket of Biggie Beads, I’ll see how he does with the smaller version.
Is there a product out there that you and your child have fallen in love with? Share it in the comments – I would love to find more great products like this!