About 6 months ago, I actually tried to get Nat to thread beads through pipe cleaners or strings but he wasn't very interested as he found it rather difficult to handle. Just 6 months later, it's a different story. Kids grow up so fast yeah. He loved to thread the beads through the pipe cleaners and he did it as though he had never seen it or attempted it before. Occasionally he would still ask me to let him play with them because his counting is not quite there yet. I seriously think his math is not as strong as his language skills. Well, at least he likes playing with the beads. That's a good start. For more details on this activity, you can find it at this wonderful website.