Build An Ancient Calculator - Abacus Kit

The Abacus kit is a great active learning activity!  Kids can create a tool that they can use to practice their basic math skills.  The abacus is designed to be easy to take apart and then put back together so it can be used over and over.

 

Topics for discussion:

  • History of the abacus as an ancient calculator
  • How to use an abacus
  • Design and build the abacus using different bead patterns; for example, group colors by two to practice counting by 2's
  • practice basic math facts

 

Abacus History Overview

The earliest counting device was the human hand and its fingers, capable of counting up to 10 things. As larger quantities were counted, natural objects like pebbles, sea shells and twigs were used to keep count. Until numbers were invented, counting devices were used to calculate. The abacus is one of many counting devices invented to help count large numbers. Abacus is a Latin word that has its origins in the Greek words abax or abakon (meaning “tablet”).

 

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