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This is a creative adventure my husband took on recently.  He did it all on his own, how cute is that?  Anyway, his goal for the summer is to teach our almost 4 year old to count to 100.  Pretty ambitious, but I think it’ll be a great opportunity for them to hang out and learn together.  Apparently, and I have yet to verify this from my mother-in-law and sister-in-laws, my husband learned to count to 100 when he was five. 

Back to the creativeness of this project.  He took an old broken ladder of ours and turned it into this abacus!  He cut and sanded down each of these little ‘pebbles’ as he likes to call them and painted them and rearranged them by 10 onto the ladder.  Pretty cool I’d say.  Now sure, you can buy an abacus for pretty reasonable at just about any toy store, but this is just too sweet.

Also, I just want to also say thank you for all of you who left such sweet comments on my gathered clutch tutorial.  It’s nice to feel such awesome support!  Can’t wait for more fun stuff to come…


26 Responses to abacus

  1. Rachel 04.25.2010 at 11:25 pm #

    This is great! What a creative family.

    You know, you’re my newest ‘favourite’ blog. I put you on my blogroll. Then I realized I’d been here before (and loved it before) because it was YOU who did the tutorial for the rockin’ cargo pants bag!

  2. Ashley 04.25.2010 at 11:31 pm #

    Wow! I love that! It will be a family heirloom!

  3. Jenny 04.26.2010 at 12:08 am #

    This is awesome! What a guy! And he thought of this all by himself? Cool! Hope you have a great week, Anna! “Talk” to you soon!

  4. Susan 04.26.2010 at 12:09 am #

    LOVE that! Have ben thinking of fun projects for our fence outdoors next to our play set and this would ba a wonderful addition. Also thinking of a Tic-Tac-Toe game to hang on the wall…hhmmmmm! Thanks for more inspiration!

  5. meg 04.26.2010 at 12:18 am #

    can’t you do math on an abacus too? I shouldn’t be talking, I dont’ have the faintest idea how to use an abacus, but yours is beautiful!

  6. Steph 04.26.2010 at 12:30 am #

    That is fantastic!! What a clever duo you too make! And how much love is poured into that abacus…so beautiful :)

  7. Leslie 04.26.2010 at 12:32 am #

    what a perfectly sweet daddy thing to do…so creative.

  8. Jenny 04.26.2010 at 1:06 am #

    Very cool! What a great dad.

  9. Vanessa 04.26.2010 at 1:22 am #

    That is so cool of him to come up with that! My daughter loves numbers and counting and would love this. . .too bad my husband is as non-crafty as they come :(

    I just finished up my first gathered clutch! Hope to take photos tomorrow to post. The clutch will be making its way to Germany as a gift to my sister.

  10. jess 04.26.2010 at 1:38 am #

    how cute and crafty! er, I mean manly! lol, he did a great job!

  11. Mary 04.26.2010 at 2:06 am #

    Awww, I love that! So colorful and a great way to make learning fun!

  12. by night 04.26.2010 at 2:14 am #

    It’s beautiful! what a great idea!

  13. Sonya 04.26.2010 at 3:28 am #

    This is too cute! I bet it was a lot of work to make but it will be treasured for generations to come. So much more special than a generic abacus bought from a store.
    Love your blog!

  14. kiki 04.26.2010 at 3:52 am #

    Big,big compliment to your husband!!! A wonderful abacus, and so special because daddy made it!!!
    Happy day,

  15. Mari 04.26.2010 at 5:45 am #

    How stinkin Adorable is THAT! Way to go Daddy!
    Hmmm gonna have to show this to my fhubby when he gets home.
    Love that you repurposed the ladder!

  16. naomi 04.26.2010 at 6:39 am #

    he’s brilliant! The pebbles are such great shapes and colours.

  17. sneezerville 04.26.2010 at 8:08 am #

    that’s fun!!!

  18. Jeannie 04.26.2010 at 9:30 am #

    How cool is that!!

  19. Vicky 04.26.2010 at 11:18 am #

    That is really great idea and it looks wonderful too.
    What a talented husband you have.

  20. Amy 04.26.2010 at 4:45 pm #

    I love all the bright colors – great job!

    Hey thanks for stopping by my blog! I was so excited to see your comment. I finally posted the pics of my gathered clutches, if you want to see! It’s a long one, but they’re in there :)

  21. Melissa 04.26.2010 at 5:03 pm #

    Wow. And wonderfully. With this kind of love and attention I have no doubts that your four year old will be counting to 100!
    Also, so so so clever! Love the re-purposing!

  22. Dahlia 04.26.2010 at 10:21 pm #

    That is awesome!!! And she could totally count to 100…especially now that she’s got a visual help :) Dan did an amazing job – I’ll have to show Jeremy this one!! Thanks for sharing.

  23. henny 04.26.2010 at 11:27 pm #

    Very cool abacus! Creative family :)
    Your blog is a newest one for me this month, I read it almost every post. Interesting, thanks for sharing.

  24. marymac001 06.27.2010 at 5:55 pm #

    WOWZER Anna, Danny told me he made an abacus for Natalie, I thought a little table size. He did not go into any details, and I didn’t think to ask. I do think that he could count to 100 by age 5 if I do remember. Love, Aunt Mimi

  25. marymac001 06.27.2010 at 5:57 pm #

    Also, I love the take on ‘If you give a mouse a cookie’ If you give a mouse a pancake’ and all the other ‘If you give a mouse a….’. The pictures of the girls are stunning!!

  26. jess 10.21.2013 at 2:08 am #

    Thank you for sharing your priceless knowledge on Abacus with us. I will surely keep revisiting your blog to catch hold of more interesting stuff and would suggest it to all my friends.

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