Beads come in various sizes and arrangements: single beads sitting alone, rods consisting of ten beads, flats consisting of ten rods, and cubes consisting of ten flats. When it comes to teaching children math, beads have a variety of intriguing uses.

One of the most common uses of beads is to teach children about the decimal system. For example, when children place the cube of 1000 beads in the 1000 decimal spot, they can quickly visualize what this number represents.

Another use for beads is to teach geometry. Children use the various bead arrangements to visualize the different aspects of a geometric shape. For example, the rod represents a line and the cube represents a solid.