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Look! I made an abacus

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Actually, DD and I made it. I jumped ship from Saxon 8/7 to Principles of Mathematics book 1, and she wants the student to use an abacus, bought, online or homemade. We don’t have a bought one and I thought the online one wouldn’t be as good for DD as an actual physical one, but I thought the homemade version in the book was too much trouble, plus required buying a picture frame and some wire.

i was so proud of myself when I thought of this last night. A shoebox, some bamboo skewers, and pony beads. All things I had on hand, so basically free (and I am always happy to get rid of a few skewers, I first bought the package at least 3 years ago).

Anyway, thought this might be useful if anyone wants an abacus for occasional use, but doesn’t actually want to spend the money for a “real” abacus.

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Nice!  I love home made school stuff.

We made an asian-style abacus out of skewers, craft sticks and pony beads (like this one). 

Yours looks much quicker to make.

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18 minutes ago, wathe said:

Nice!  I love home made school stuff.

We made an asian-style abacus out of skewers, craft sticks and pony beads (like this one). 

Yours looks much quicker to make.

It was quick. About 15 minutes, I think. Not as cute as those you linked, though. I do think you could make a shoebox one Asian style by glueing or wiring another skewer vertically across the horizontal skewers.

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I love it when projects like this validate my pack rat tendencies. 😀

Look, there’s a reason I have to save all the shoeboxes and bamboo skewers I hardly ever use, and bits of ribbon and old clothes and...

my DH, though he has never read or watched Kon Marie, is very much in sympathy with her methods.

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