You can count on this wooden bead set to make a bold statement! The variety of shapes among these dramatic beads, their bold colors, and the two extra-long laces make stringing beads extra special. Twenty-seven hand-painted beads feature the numbers 1 to 10 as numerals and as countable dots to add counting fun to this lacing activity. This Melissa and Doug beads set for kids allows adults and children to explore multiple playing activities. Parents or grown-up kids can ask the child to sort the beads by color, identify each color for the child, and repeat the activity until the child can identify all the colors independently. Parents can also encourage beginning counting skills by asking the child to count the number of beads of each color with them and repeat the activity until the child has mastered counting one group of beads. The Melissa and Doug Lacing Beads set is an exceptional gift for kids 3 to 5 years old. Add the Melissa and Doug Lace and Trace Activity Set to round out the hands-on play experience and give kids an engaging option for screen-free experience. For more than 30 years, Melissa and Doug has created beautifully designed imagination- and creativity-sparking products that NBC News called “the gold standard in early childhood play.” We design every toy to the highest quality standards, and to nurture minds and hearts. If your child is not inspired, give us a call and we'll make it right. Our phone number is on every product! Gender: unisex.