I begin by placing three different color of beads on each table. I tell the children they are making an AB pattern necklace and can only use two colors.
I put small paper plates on the table for each child to gather the needed beads.
If I see a child is selecting three colors - I note it and then talk to them about AB patterns. I do not go further than one intervention.
I always tape down the necklace string. I used a string I found at JoAnn Fabrics that was stretchy.
Here is a good photo of a group at work.
The children loved their finished necklaces! So proud!
Yes, a classic but never too old to be just the right thing. . .