The Little Abacus Collection

The Little Abacus Collection

How to use an Abacus to teach counting

We are so excited to launch our brand new collection 'The little Abacus'!
A modern take on a centuries old calculating tool, our abacus design has all the functionality your little one needs to learn how to count in a fun and stylish way.
There are a number of games to play on an abacus that can help develop children's numeracy. We have shared some basic games to get your children started on their numeracy journey.

1. Match my move. 
 
Begin with the beads on every row all on the same side of the abacus. Then on the top row, move any number of beads to the other side of the abacus and ask your child to match your move on the row below. You can mix this up by repeating pattern arrangements, in which ten beads are arranged in different groupings such as 2 beads, 3 beads, 1 bead, 4 beads, that your child also matches.
2. Counting game.
Begin with the beads on every row on the same side of the abacus. Then move a number of beads from one side to the other. Ask your child to count how many beads you moved, and then how many beads you have left.
Both of these games can be played with the small or large abacus and help children become better counters. It will also begin the skills needed to do addition and subtractions.
3. Skip counting.
Counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's, is much more fun with an abacus, rather then worksheets or flash cards

We hope your kids have so much fun learning to count with our New Zealand made wooden Abacus. We would love to see how you have played with or styled our product with your little one in your home. Snap and share a picture of your purchase on social media and don't forget to tag @childrenofthetreesnz so we can see your gorgeous photos!
SHOP HERE To view our Little Abacus Collection
Claire Hughes

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