There are many ways to set this up, and let me remind you- there is no right way! You can line up individual bowls that separate the beads by color, or you can place them all into one shallow bowl. I chose one shallow bowl because I didn’t have ten identical bowls.
At first, Joy explored color sorting. Then, she began to notice how the numbers on the side of the box matched the colors on top. In random order, she counted out the beads and matched them by color, and placed them on the dowel. She made observations comparing the amount of beads on each dowel. This was a wonderful and organic way to introduce math vocabulary (smallest vs. largest and greater than vs. less than)!