"It senses activity kids. I do a 'feely' activity when learning the 'how we do science,' this idea organizes those 'touchy' things. I would leave the description off because I want my students to use their own words to describe the feel.
Maybe not for Jordan because he will stick the bead up his nose! Pipe cleaners cut short with a number taped to the end. Have the kids feed the same number of pony beads onto the pipe cleaners. GREAT for one-to-one correspondence and fine motor skills!