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ABACUS USE – outdated or relevant?

An abacus is like a manual calculator with sliding beads to represent numbers. It has rows or columns of beads that represent the digits of your number.

It was invented in ancient times to help count large numbers and was first used by the Babylonians as early as 2 400 BC. Without a doubt, modern technology has made our lives easier, but any medium that results in a quick, balanced whole brain development should not be ignored.

Advantages of manipulating an abacus:

  • As both hands are used to move abacus beads in an arithmetic calculation, both the left and the right sides of the brain cells are stimulated, i.e. the logical and creative sides of the brain.

  • It helps to develop critical thinking and improves cognitive skills and self-esteem.

  • It encourages problem-solving skills, which incorporates the use of core skills such as:

    • Visualization

    • Concentration

    • Creativity

    • Self-reliance

    • Mental mathematics

These colourful beads make learning exciting and fun while reinforcing concepts through your child’s sense of touch.

Your child is never too young to start playing and experimenting with this diverse yet simple learning toy. A definite yes to your child’s toy collection!

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