Fine Motor Addition Bead Threading

Fine motor and math is such a fun combination.

It turns math into a fun and hands-on activity. What could be better?

This Fine Motor Addition Bead Threading activity does just that. It turn addition in a hands-on activity that’s engaging and fun. Let’s grab some supplies and get started.

Exercise your fine motor skills while you practice your addition math facts with this fun fine motor math activity, Addition Bead Threading. This fun math game is a low-prep activity that only needs a few simple supplies.

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I love this activity because it requires just a little prep time. The supplies are common and easy to find and prepping this activity takes just a few short minutes.

Exercise your fine motor skills while you practice your addition math facts with this fun fine motor math activity, Addition Bead Threading. This fun math game is a low-prep activity that only needs a few simple supplies.

Supplies Needed:

Fuzzy craft sticks (pipe cleaners)
Pony Beads
Flashcards or a place to write addition problems

To prep this activity, take two or three of your pipe cleaners and twist them into a loop making sure you have two tails with enough room to string several beads. (See photo above for an example).

Exercise your fine motor skills while you practice your addition math facts with this fun fine motor Addition Bead Threading activity. This fun math game is a low-prep activity that only needs a few simple supplies.

Let’s do some Fine Motor Addition

This activity is so simple, but it’s a fun way to practice addition.

To start, you’ll need one of your pipe cleaner loops. Choose an addition problem and grab your beads.

Take the sum, 3 + 7. To solve this problem, add three beads to one of the pipe cleaner tails and then add seven beads to the second tail. Count up your beads to get your total, ten.

So easy, right?

Exercise your fine motor skills while you practice your addition math facts with this fun fine motor Addition Bead Threading activity. This fun math game is a low-prep activity that only needs a few simple supplies.

Fun variations on this activity

There are so many fun ways you can mix up this activity. Here are a few:

Add beads yourself to your pipe cleaner loops and have your child write down the addition problem. For example, in the photo above, they’d write, 3+1=4, 3+2=5, and 3+7=10.

If you’re working with a preschooler, keep the pipe cleaners in a long stick and have your child work on numbers. Give them the number 9 and have them string nine beads on their pipe cleaner.

Create a busy bag from this activity. Add some flashcards, beads and pipe cleaner loops to a small bag. Now you can take this activity along on the go or have it ready for your child any time they want to work on addition.

Exercise your fine motor skills while you practice your addition math facts with this fun fine motor Addition Bead Threading activity. This fun math game is a low-prep activity that only needs a few simple supplies.

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Exercise your fine motor skills while you practice your addition math facts with this fun fine motor Addition Bead Threading activity. This fun math game is a low-prep activity that only needs a few simple supplies.

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her here writing about fun learning activities, art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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