Glass Beads Learning Activities

Learning with Glass Beads

Hey yawl! How have you been? I think that you all have been liking the different learning materials and how I store them posts. That’s great! I also see I’ve gotten asked about more materials. That’s really awesome, because I already had this post planned for you all. So on to more of my Cheap Educational Supplies!

So today I have decided that the next manipulative in my arsenal that I will show is our

Glass gems/beads

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These beads are so handy to have for so much learning, and they only cost me $2 per bag. So affordable that I change them out with the seasons. These little gems might be one of our favorite materials to learn with. We use them to aid in learning our alphabets, number counters, space holders, they’re nice with do a dot printables, and loads of sensory bins.

I like playing literacy games with them the most. Let me show you a quick and easy way that I used to the glass beads to aid me in teaching my preschooler her uppercase and lowercase letters.

Learning with Glass Beads

What I used:


  1. Write the uppercase and lowercase letters that your child will be working with on some of the glass beads.
  2. Hide either set (the uppercase or lowercase) in the rice bin
  3. Sit the other set of letters on the side of the bin

How we played:

As she played in the rice she would find a glass gem with a letter on it and then look through the letters on the side, finding it’s letter match. With the ones that she was unsure of she sat to the side until she had found all the letters.

After we found all the letters and matched them up with their partner we took the time to place them all in alphabetical order just to make sure that we didn’t leave any in the rice. (Mommy forgot what letter she started and stopped with. So if need be try to remember.)

Learning with Glass Beads

This was a fun game!

Here are a few other ways that we have used Glass Beads

  1. ABC Bingo
  2. Math Count
  3. Marble painting
  4. Learning Number Words
  5. Family Counting

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3 Responses to Glass Beads Learning Activities

  1. we love glass beads too and they are so versatile! Fun game!
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  2. How neat is this! Thank you for sharing on #weloveweekends
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  3. Jill says:

    This is a great idea for using glass beads as learning tools.

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