3 - 5 years

Numbers & Counting

# Abacus Classic Wooden Toy

Item # 493

\$14.99

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## The Scoop

Count on this classic wooden "calculator" for years of play and learning! The solid hardwood base and frame holds 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!

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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. 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.

• 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 count from one to 100 as they move the beads on all 10 wires.

• 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. (Combinations of 10 would be 9+1, 8+2, 7+3, 6+4, 5+5, 4+6, 3+7, 2+8, 1+9).

• Do addition, subtraction, or even simple multiplication and division problems by using the first wire for the first number, the second for the second number, and have kids answer it on the third (e.g. 7-4=3). Put a certain number of beads on the first and second wires, then yell out the type of problem ("addition!") and have them race to get the answer.

• 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.

## Specs

• Product: 11.9" x 12" x 3" 2.1 lbs
• Package: 12" H x 11.7" W x 2.95" L

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Melissa & DougAbacus Classic Wooden Toy

4.9

(based on 7 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

• 5 Stars

(6)

• 4 Stars

(1)

• 3 Stars

(0)

• 2 Stars

(0)

• 1 Stars

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

• Durable (4)
• Entertaining (4)
• Great value (4)
• Interactive (4)
• Realistic (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

• Group activity (3)

Reviewed by 7 customers

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

5.0

Great classic learning toy.

By

from undisclosed

Great!

5.0

I encourage all parents to enjoy M&D quality learning toys

By

from undisclosed

Your wood products are always superior! My son has made great improvements because your products. I hope you're a good company.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

4.0

Good for kids; not QUITE what we needed for a different use

By

from undisclosed

!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

5.0

Good product

By

About Me Education Oriented, Preschool Teacher

Pros

• Durable
• Entertaining
• Fun
• Great Value
• Interactive
• Realistic

Cons

Best Uses

• Group Activity
• Individual learning
• Indoor
• Young Children

This product is an excellent addition to my classroom. Very good durability and the children love to learn with the colorful beads.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

5.0

excellent

By

from orlando fl.

About Me First Time Parent, Parent Of Multiples (Twins etc), Parent Of Two Or More Children, Stay At Home Parent, Working Parent

Pros

• Durable
• Entertaining
• Great Value
• Interactive
• Realistic

Cons

Best Uses

• Creative Development
• Family Time
• Group Activity
• Young Children

really good to improve math skills, my daughter is doing much better with this abascus before she didn't understad how to add, count, and substract but this has been a good tool for her to get better. it worth the money.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

5.0

helps solidify sense of number

By

from Ithaca, NY

About Me Education Oriented, Kindergarten Teacher

Pros

• Durable
• Entertaining
• Excellent teaching tool
• Great Value
• Interactive

Cons

Best Uses

• Creative Development
• Group Activity
• Kindergarten math time

I use this abacus with my kindergarteners everyday. I have purchased 4 for the classroom, for small group activities. We use our abacus as part of our "Morning Meeting", counting the number of days we've been in school, and then just making numbers. My kids can "read" any number that I make. The abacus' in my room are handled regularly by 20 5/6 year olds so I appreciate their durability. They also look beautiful sitting on the windowsill.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

5.0

Years of fun to come!!!

By

from Providence, RI

About Me First Time Parent, Working Parent

Pros

• Durable
• Easy Assembly
• Entertaining
• Fun
• Great Value
• Interactive
• Realistic

Cons

Best Uses

• Indoor

We love this product. We use it with our 10 month old supervised. It's kinda heavy and could hurt a little toe if you don't help them play with it. He loves it!!! Moving the beads back and forth is fun for him. We can't wait to start teaching him how to count on it. You can even use it to teach colors!!!

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