I originally tried this activity when Dylan was one but I only had a few pipe cleaners and of course wasn't going to use beads . He did thread the pipe cleaners with help but wasn't very interested.
I think his interest has grown as he is older more physically capable, he can understand instructions and loves the addition of the beads.
Here he is counting the beads.
I then got him to compare them to check if they match,
Now he is telling me the colours.
Look at the concentration!
Warning the ends are quite sharp and I wouldn't even now leave him alone with them just invase he decides to put them in his mouth.
Now he is trying to match the sequence I have made.
Searching for colours that I hint to him to get the sequence to match
Counting and identifying colours again.
Dylan was more interested in threading beads and then put them into the colander .
This activity involves:-
Colour identification: we had different shades which was good for him to work out
Numeracy:- sequencing and counting
Fine motor skills: threading, picking up beads
Listening skills: giving sequences verbally
To get them to predict the next bead
Makes rainbow bracelet
Tell a story using the colours in the sequence by choosing an object of that colour.
Such as the blue dolphin had white teeth and a red and pink to tongue. He lives in the blue sea where there is lots of green seaweed. An orange boat with a black roof when sailing past and dropped a yellow net into the blue sea.
Any more ideas that you would or have tried please let me know.