One of my favorite math toys…I mean math manipulatives…to use with my children when they are young is an abacus! It’s a non-messy way to play with 100 loose parts at once. You can do so many different math activities with an abacus like counting, skip counting, addition, and subtraction, while also developing fine motor skills, number sense, and concentration. But did you also know you can use an abacus to teach patterns? You can!! Check out these abacus patterns printable cards I created for Melissa & Doug.
If you need an abacus, you can grab the one we use right here –> Melissa & Doug Abacus on Amazon.
My kids and I had so much fun coming up with all the different patterns for the printable cards. Some are shapes, some are letters of the alphabet, and all of them are a fun way to work on patterns with your children.
Print the cards (preferably in color), laminate them if you wish, cut them out, and start playing…I mean learning! There are 20 abacus patterns cards and 3 challenge cards in all.
You can do these with your child, or give them as an independent activity if you think they’re ready.
Teachers, they’d also make a great math center in a classroom setting!
Hop on over to Melissa & Doug to get your free abacus patterns printable cards downloaded now!
Can’t get enough of the abacus? Read more!
- Hands-on Counting Practice using an abacus
- The ABCs of How to Home Preschool — Look for “C is for Counting” to learn how we use the abacus to teach counting!
- 3 Simple Numbers and Counting Activities
- How to Use an Abacus to Teach Kids Math from We Have Kids
- How to Make an Abacus at Home from Coffee Cups and Crayons
- Keeping Score Using an Abacus from Childhood Beckons
Have you printed our Abacus Patterns cards yet?
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