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As early childhood professionals, we are actively involved in this process but we also need to work closely with the children, parents, community as a whole and other allied professionals.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Maths links- the joy of an abacus

This is part of Joyful Learner's Maths Links come over and have a look www.joyfulllearner.blogspot.com

I have recently had the good fortune to acquire a beautiful Melissa and Doug wooden abacus.

When I studied maths at university there was a lot of talk about buying hundreds boards for the children - which seem to be ridiculously expensive for what they are - and subsequently it was on my wish list of things for my new centre.

But having watched the children play with this abacus, I think a quality beautiful abacus achieves the same ten by ten purpose but in a much more open ended beautiful way.

I have observed all of the ages in my centre from two year olds to just under six relish the counting and maths play that this abacus provides - ranging from simple moving of the pieces to counting all the way to 100 while moving the pieces (one to one correspondence at it's best)

If you don't have a abacus... I personally recommend one very highly and if you don't want to buy one you can simply make one via threading ten sets of ten... Even more maths plus fine motor!


  1. Wendy,
    Hi! I have this same abacus in my room with 2 1/2 years old, and they do love it. Some use it for counting, and one child plays a game with blocks, and colour matching, which she has constructed on her own.

    I've always like abacuses. too.

  2. I agree with you. We love our abacus and K likes making up stories while playing with it!

    Thanks for linking. I'll include your post in our math activities by categories on my sidebar.