I bought a package of these beads at the Dollar Tree and B had so much fun threading them onto pipe cleaners (a great activity for motor skill development!). I started by modeling how to make patterns by thinking aloud. "I'm going to make a red and green snake. Look at my beads. Red, Green, Red, Green...". But after B made one patterned snake he was over it and I realized I was the only one talking or thinking about patterns so I let it go until next time.