Abacus

Crafts Indoors crafts

Duration: 30 minutes/Group Size: Medium-large Toolbox:
  • 6 wooden popsicle sticks
  • 2-3 bamboo skewers
  • 30 plastic pony beads
  • high-temp hot glue gun
How to:
  1. Lay down 1 popsicle stick and apply glue on its top face, along its whole length.
  2. Lay the ends of the bamboo skewer sticks in the glue.
  3. Apply glue all along one face of a 2nd popsicle stick.
  4. Place it glue side down over the ends of the bamboo sticks (you are sandwiching the ends between the 2 popsicle sticks).
  5. Squeeze the popsicle sticks firmly together with your fingers and allow to set. If you are using tacky glue, clip with clothespins to hold in place.
  6. Thread 4 beads onto each stick.
  7. Lay down another popsicle stick and apply glue along its whole length.
  8. Place the partially assembled abacus on top of the glued stick, leaving about a half inch or so gap between the beads and the stick (see photo).
  9. Glue another popsicle stick and sandwich the skewers like you did before.
  10. Press firmly.
  11. Thread one bead on the end of each skewer.
  12. Lay down another popsicle stick and apply glue along its whole length.
  13. Place the bare ends of the skewers in the glue.
  14. Glue the last popsicle stick and place it glue side down over the ends, sandwiching them between the two popsicle sticks.
  15. Press firmly and now you can use it!
Variations:  You can make a larger abacus using the larger “tongue depressor” style craft sticks and larger wooden beads.  Use whatever bead color combination you like.

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