My fixation on all things rainbow lately led me to make a rainbow themed abacus counting tool to keep on a shelf in our school room. With this colorful counting tool, your little one can practice counting, addition and subtraction, and color recognition.
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Hands-on Math Counting Tool
To put together your own Rainbow Abacus, you'll need:
Start by threading beads onto each pipe cleaner-- put one white bead on the first white pipe cleaner, 2 on the second pipe cleaner, three red beads on the red pipe cleaner... and continue til you have 10 pipe cleaners with a coordinating amount of beads.
Lay the pipe cleaners from 1-10 onto the embroidery hoop; fit the outside layer on and twist the screw as tight as you can. Then wrap the "left over" pipe cleaner around the hoop.
And... start counting!