Sunday, February 26, 2012

Individual Counting Ropes! Easy and Fun!

I came up with an idea to combine building both fine motor and counting skills in a fun and engaging way!  I made these individual counting ropes using colorful shoe strings and black and white plastic beads.  Just slide 10 of each color bead on a shoe string and tie off the ends.  Voila!  Your kids will love using the pinching motion (so critical for developing the pencil grasp) to slide the beads from one end to the other to practice counting to 20, use more than one to get to higher numbers, make simple number combinations for developing addition skills, and more!  Enjoy!


  1. Yay! I'm so happy to see another Dual Kinder Teacher :) I'm your newest follower!
    Dual Kinder Teacher

  2. Love the ropes - I was going to make something similar (like rekenreks), but our county has a generous person who gives out teacher grants, so hoping my grant will be approved - if not, sooo making these- thanks for sharing!

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  3. Diane, what a cool, hands-on way to count! I love it! If you have time, come over to my blog. I have lots of freebies, one or two in almost every post.

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT

  4. Great idea, love these, so glad I found your blog, I'm a new follower :)
    The Resource(ful) Room

  5. These look like fun!
    Recommendation: Change color by 5's (5 white, 5 black, repeat) to help build mental math strategies, make number relationships (like 8=5+3) easily visible.

  6. This looks like a great idea; for preschoolers maybe you could use just 10 beads, using wider rope and bigger beads.