DIY Tutorial - Kids Cardboard Toy Abacus

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DIY Tutorial - Kids Cardboard Toy Abacus

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Gotta love simple games that will keep your kids quiet and entertained – even for a short while.

Zander and I got crafty with some cardboard and made this cute little abacus. I love that it’s portable and great for traveling in the car or airplane rides. Here's a simple tutorial on how to make this cardboard abacus.

What you will need:


  1. Start with a rectangular piece of cardboard (recycled box flaps work great)
  2. Hold the cardboard vertical. Use scissors to cut 5-10 notches on both sides of cardboard, about an inch apart. If you are making a traditional abacus, cut 10 on each side.
  3. Measure and cut your yarn so you have enough to wrap around the board and tie in the back.
  4. String 10 beads to each piece of yarn, wrap around each notch and tie in the back. We used different colored beads on each string but to make it look more like a traditional abacus, you can use one bead color for each string.

There you have it, an easy to make, fun and inexpensive game for the preschooler/Kindergartener in your life. I hope you found this tutorial helpful! We'd love to hear from you so leave us your comments below.

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