Bead Bars are colored beads connected by wires to represent the numbers one to ten. They are connected into chains used for counting, to illustrate the principle behind the squaring and cubing of numbers. Individually, they are used to carry out multiplication exercises. By counting with Bead Bars in chains (or “skip counting”), children begin to see the relationships between the numbers, enabling them to remember series of multiples. This prepares them for learning multiplication facts. At the Elementary level, the Bead Bars are used for work with number bases, divisibility, and other concepts of number.