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Colorful Counting Tool for Kids: DIY Abacus

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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!  

preschool counting idea

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