Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Abacus Number Match (Single Stem Idea)

When we were working on numbers for “N” week a while back I thought it would be a good idea to incorporate the use of our abacus. In the blogosphere I have recently seen games where you can take pictures of things like a lego car and then have your kid rebuild it by looking at the picture. I decided this would work perfectly with our abacus. So Hornet and I worked together to build different numbers with the abacus and take pictures. We made up about 15 different picture cards. After the pictures were developed I wrote the number on the back with a Sharpie. I put them altogether on a ring and it was ready!

To practice numbers the boys looked at the side with the number and then made that number on the abacus. To check themselves they just had to flip the picture over to the picture side and see if it matched what they had on the abacus. This was a bit too difficult for my 3 and 4 year old but perfect for my 6 year old! 

This would be a great center in a kindergarten, first and second grade classroom or just at home for 5-7 year olds. It is nice because they can check their own work.
Enjoy this single stem idea of Abacus Number Match for
Seedlings (elementary age)...
This picture show practice for the number 52.
Once 52 has been created flip the 52 over and
check to see if the abacus looks like the picture.
The Stuff
The FUN!
Abacus (we got ours at IKEA)
Camera to take pics of abacus at different numbers
Permanent marker
Hole punch
Closeable ring (or just a piece of yarn would work fine)

1. Take pics of abacus and get them developed.

2. Write numbers on the back of the pics with a permanent marker.

3. Hole punch in the corner and attach them all together with a closeable ring  or just tie some yarn or string through the holes.

4. TO PLAY – look at the side with the numbers written on them and make the number on the abacus. Check to see if you are correct by looking at the picture on the other side. Repeat with the next one.

More ideas…
Please BRAINSTORM your ideas/suggestions in the COMMENTS below for the Abacus Number Match!
Happy Counting
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