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Product Description: The Abacus is made of a rectangular wooden base with numbers 1 through 10 going from right to left. In the middle of the base stands a vertical wooden triangle that shows the addition equations on one side and the subtraction equations on the other of numbers 1 to 10 as well. Overlapping this triangle at each base number, there are 10 loops from where small ‘donut like’ beads are ringed. Each number has its correspondent amount of colored beads.
Size: Length: About 29.5cm / 11.6"
Height (max): About 12cm / 4.92"
Please note that color is sent at random.
Not suitable for children under 3 (small parts)
Educational and Fun go hand in hand: The Abacus is an educational toy that helps your child become in contact with the concepts of addition and subtraction. The main purpose of this Montessori material is to help the child take the next step towards abstraction. With its colorful beads this mathematical material stimulates the child’s natural eagerness to learn. The wooden toy can be used firstly with younger children learning to count by shifting the beads one by one from side to side. And with older children the Abacus is the perfect item to introduce sums. Easy to use and easy to learn with, this mathematical toy has it all! When you want to explain sums, you just have to add bead over bead and count. When you want to subtract, all you have to do is collect all the beads on one side and slowly shift one by one to the other side so the child can observe the amount leftover. It is a priceless visual aid that will always come in handy. Don’t forget the equations are written on the wooden triangle for advanced learning, too!
Why buy this item: This Montessori item has many math purposes. In the beginning the child can use it for fun, just repeating numbers along while shifting the beads and finessing his fine motor skills at the same time. Little by little as he acquires the numerical sequence, the Abacus will show him different ways it can be used for. As he grows, he will find it more practical to do simple equations or more advanced mathematical problems such as multiplication. This mathematical toy is timeless and certainly makes addition and subtraction a much easier and fun way to learn.