Melissa & Doug Wooden Abacus for quick maths calculations
This Melissa and Doug wooden abacus calculator helps teach maths skills, patterning and color recognition. Slide and count the beads with this timeless counting frame. Fun activity ideas included!
Count on this classic wooden “calculator” for years of play and learning! The solid hardwood base and frame hold 10 thick coated wires with 10 colorful wooden beads on each — 100 beads in all. Slide the beads for a visual and hands-on way to learn numbers and math concepts and to explore patterns and colors. Fun activity ideas included!
Discover Countless Ways To Play: Move any number of beads to one side of the frame. Have kids match your “move” on the wire below yours.
Move a certain number of beads to one side and have kids count how many beads you moved and how many remain on the other side.
Have kids try to make simple shapes using beads on multiple wires–a square, triangle, rectangle, diamond, or a perfectly straight vertical or diagonal line.
Choose a number and determine how many different combinations kids can find to achieve that sum.
Draw or say a capital letter and have kids create its shape on the abacus — the letters A, E, I, and L are good for starters.
Melissa and Doug Wooden Abacus?
How did people keep track of numbers before pen and paper were widely available?
How do addition and subtraction work if you don’t have a handy written form for your numbers?
Say you can’t read or write, but you can count – how do you add, subtract, multiply, or divide large numbers?
The answer to all these questions is the abacus!
What is an abacus?
An abacus is a device used for addition and subtraction, and the related operations of multiplication and division. It does not require the use of pen and paper, and it’s good for any base number system. There are two basic forms for the abacus: a specially marked flat surface used with counters (counting table), or a frame with beads strung on wires (bead frame).