Identifying the kinds of things that interest your child helps make wise purchases of activities to add to a home collection. Melissa and Doug Wooden Stringing Beads were the next set of lacing/stringing beads we purchased after the Melissa and Doug Lacing Beads. They, too, have been a much played with activity in our home. The letters are used to spell words and make patterns with the colored blocks. Sometimes they are made into necklaces and worn for several days. Other times they are just strung for fun. Often the beads are used in creative ways of sorting (color, size, letter, etc.). It’s fun to see how a child will take a toy and personalize it with his/her own style of learning!