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DIY Abacus – Math Craft

I had an Abacus as a kid and i loved to learn with it. Thanks to my mom.. She made it very interesting. πŸ˜€ Now im planning to get one for my preschooler (may be a little too soon for her). But before that i wanted to introduce the concept to her. So we decided to make our own abacus using craftsticks (we have alot of them at our home & this was a good way to use fewπŸ‘)

Abacus is a great learning tool. It has been used for centuries. Even kids who are not interested in math, will try to learn with this. This craft is very easy to make & will get kids more interested to learn math with it πŸ˜€

Click here to Learn how to use an Abacus 

What you need

  • 6 Craftsticks / Popsicle sticks
  • 6 skewer sticks (small size)
  • Hot glue gun
  • 30 colored wooden beads / pony beads

How to

  • Step 1– Lay down a craftstick and apply glue along the length.

  • Step 2– Place the skewer sticks on the craftstick as shown in the image below.

  • Step 3– Apply glue on another craftstick (lengthwise) and sandwhich over the skewers.

  • Step 4- Insert 4 beads on to each skewer.

  • Step 5- Repeat Step 1 and place the abacus on it as shown below.
  • Repeat Step 3. Insert one bead onto each skewer.
  • Repeat Step 5 & Step 3 as shown in the image below.

Your Abacus is now ready for use! If your not using the hot glue gun, clamp the craftsticks using clothespin and let it dry for few hours before you use. πŸ‘

We also a made a simple one for my toddler πŸ˜€



    Hi!! Im Lavanya, stay at home mom of 3 & 2 yr old girls.. My LOs are very active and they need various activities to keep them busy and interested. A monotonous play bores them easily.. Hence, I've started to explore & create activities to keep them occupied - fun & some learning.. This blog is my maiden attempt where you can find simple crafts and learning activities for kids. If you like my page share it with your friends. Also tell me what you think in the comments. πŸ˜€ Thanks for stopping by!!

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