# How do you use bead strings?

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## What are bead strings used for?

– Bead strings are a concrete resource that can be used when exploring areas of numeracy including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and numerical order. Why use bead strings? – Bead strings help develop number sense. They support the children in becoming fluent with number concepts.

Silamide Nylon Thread is a good all-around nylon thread, popular for its range of colors. It is used primarily for bead weaving. Nymo Waxed Nylon Thread is another good all-around thread for bead weaving. It is lightly waxed, is easy to thread and resists twisting and knotting.

## How do you keep beads in place?

Just wrap a piece of tape to the point on your thread where you’d like to start your beadwork. No beads will slip off while you begin, and you can slide the tape off the end of the thread when you’re sure everything’s in place. These little coiled gizmos are great for holding beads in place on stringing wire.

## How do you make a number line?

To come up with a number line:

1. Draw a straight horizontal line of some suitable length.
2. Mark points of equal interval.
3. Plot the middle point with zero.
4. On the right of the origin, plot the marked points starting from +1, +2, +3…… etc.