Abacus

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Fun and Educational Abacus Activities!

  • Match-My-Move. Move any number of beads to one side of the frame. Ask the child to match your "move" on the wire below yours. This can also be done with a repetitive pattern-arrange the 10 beads in different groupings (e.g. 3 beads, 1 bead, 3 beads, 1 bead, 2 beads) that the child has to mimic on the wire below.
  • Counting Games. Move a certain amount of beads to one side and ask the child to count how many...
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Overview

Fun and Educational Abacus Activities!

  • Match-My-Move. Move any number of beads to one side of the frame. Ask the child to match your "move" on the wire below yours. This can also be done with a repetitive pattern-arrange the 10 beads in different groupings (e.g. 3 beads, 1 bead, 3 beads, 1 bead, 2 beads) that the child has to mimic on the wire below.
  • Counting Games. Move a certain amount of beads to one side and ask the child to count how many beads you moved and how many remain on the other side. Or have the child count from 1 to 100 as they move that number of beads on each of the 10 wires.
  • Beat the Clock. Quickly move a certain number of beads to one side and have the child say how many were moved and what color they are as fast as they can (e.g. 7 yellow beads, 4 red beads, ect.). See if they can get all ten wires correct, or how many in a row can be answered correctly.
  • Make-a-Shape. Have the child try to make simple shapes using beads on multiple wires-a square, triangle, rectangle, diamond, or a perfect strait or diagonal line.
  • Simple Addition Games. Chose a number and determine how many different combinations you can find to achieve that sum. (Combinations of 10 would be 9+1, 8+2, 7+3, 6+4, 5+5, 4+6, 3+7, 2+8, 1+9).
  • Complex Addition Games. Create larger numbers by assigning different numbers to the colors-blue=1's, red=10's, wood=100's, green=1000's, and yellow=10,000's-or, to be simpler, the five colors could be the numbers 1,2,3,4 and 5. Line up any number of beads below each other and have the child add the totals together to determine the sum.
  • Multi-Function Problems. Do addition, subtraction and even simple multiplication and division problems by using the first wire for the first number, the second for the second, and have the child answer it on the third. After putting a certain number of beads on the first and second wire, yell out the type of problem and have them race to get the answer.
  • Match-a-Letter. Draw or say a capital letter and have the child create its shape on the abacus. (e.g. the letters A, I, E, L are good ones for starters).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641535956
  • Manufacturer: Melissa & Doug
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

    I love this, because I had one as a child, but it has not grabbe

    I love this, because I had one as a child, but it has not grabbed my 3.5 yo's attention. Of course, I don't believe that the abacus is at fault for this, because it is exactly what it should be. However, I do give it four stars, because the paint chips off in slivers as we use it. Not bad, and easy to clean up, but unexpected during each use.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Great toy for many years to come

    Great toy! My todler loves it and learns while playing. I am pretty sure we will use this toy for many years to come. Durable and well constructed.

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