Last year, we went to Growing Fun as there was a sale in the shop. Big E saw a box of the Maxi beads designed for preschooler as the beads have a diameter of 10mm. They were easier to hold due to the size. Inside the box, there were also some design templates that she could use to put the beads.
Back home, she played the beads and her interest died down very fast. She just placed the beads anyhow with no design in her mind.
This year, it was something different and surprised us. She was playing quietly at one corner when my husband checked on her. He told me quickly what he saw and we went to look.
Some day, I will have to bring out the Midi beads for her to design more complicated stuff. You can also surfed Pinterest to search for more cute templates.
This is yet another lesson I learnt. Never force her to do things till she is ready. :)