Abacus Patterns Printable Cards – FREE

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.

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Abacus Patterns

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.

abacus patterns


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.

abacus patterns

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!

abacus patterns

Hop on over to Melissa & Doug to get your free abacus patterns printable cards downloaded now!

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book! http://www.inlieuofpreschool.com/ http://www.parentteachplay.com/