Pony Bead Counting Board

In Nursery school, my daughter is all about counting! So, I decided to have her make her own counting board for a fun visual!

  1. Ages: 3 - 8

  2. 30 minutes - 1 hour

  3. A little messy

  4. Grownup needed

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    I started off by giving my daughter a sticky foam sheet. If you don't have one of those you can use a piece of construction paper and tape. I also pre-cut 5 pipe cleaners in half.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Now, it was time to string and count! My daughter delighted in stringing on pony beads, starting with one, and sticking the pipe cleaner down on the board. I wrote the first two numbers then she wanted to record!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    She kept stringing and counting along. I would ask her questions like, "What comes after 3?" Or "How many more is 4 than 2?" Match your questions to your child's age or level!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    When she counted and strung all the way to 10, my daughter went back and re-counted all the beads... just to be sure. :)

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Done!

    Have fun making your counting board! Take it to the grocery store next time you go and help add up some totals!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

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