It consists of:
A set of 9 bead-bars of coloured beads threaded onto wire.
A small felt mat
These beads will be used for an array of mathematical purposes. They are colour coded and grade from 1 to 9.
This is the first presentation.
With this exercise: the child learns to count from one to 9 and order the bars by quantity in a pyramid/steps triangle shape.
You demonstrate the activity first whist the child sits next to you and watches. Then he/she will take turn.Take the bars out of the tray one at a time placing them randomly onto the felt mat.Pick the first one and count, touching the bead with your fingers: “one”.
Place the red bead-bar on top of the mat.
Find the next bead-bar and count, “one…two”. Repeat the process till you build the beads into a triangle. Three is pink
Four is yellow.
Five is light blue. Six is brown.
Seven is white. Eight is purple
Nine is dark Blue.Now scatter the bars randomly on the mat and invite the child to have a turn.