Practical Life: Hama Beads

Hama beads—did you know that these are often used in Montessori classrooms? You probably have some buried in every crevice, nook and cranny in your home but they are absolutely worth digging out because of their educational value as well as the fun factor.

hama beads used for practical life in montessori

All you’ll need for the activity to be demonstrated in the below video by My Montessori Works is: a work tray, some Hama beads and pegboards. Have look at the below video to see how Hama works:

It’s such a simple activity but inspires some important learning habits.

Placing these tiny beads on pegboards in different shapes, patterns and designs is not only creative but is good for fine motor practice (the pincer grip, which is how children hold pencils when learning to write), order and concentration.

You’ll notice in the video that the beads are placed back in their container after the activity is complete but if you’re playing Hama at home; bead designs can be fused together with an iron and special ironing paper that is usually included in a Hama set. This means that creations can be preserved and used as wall decorations, keep sakes, coasters and even gifts.

It’s easy to get lost in Hama (as well as lose the beads!)—enjoy!

If you’d like further information about this tutorial, feel free to contact us at info@saintandrewsmontessori.com. We’re happy to answer any questions.