Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Recommended age: 3 year-old ++
Who would love this: Kids/ parents who are interested to take up abacus/ Soroban learning
Before electronic calculator, there was abacus. 🧮 I recall that sense of achievement when I first picked up a Chinese “Suanpan” in school. But, like many things, the enthusiasm soon waned. I raised my hands and gave up when things got too complex and overwhelming. Sharome Toys sent us this beautifully-crafted Saroban Abacus last year as part of its December giveaway. I was thrilled to “resume” the study of abacus, but this time, in the form of Japanese Soroban - a much easier and straightforward abacus version.
Why I love ❤️ it:
(1) Benefits Of Abacus Learning - There are many online articles about the benefits of abacus learning, more noticeably, its ability to assist children visualising numbers and perform complex calculations with speed and precision. My six-year-old and I are both enjoying our lessons of counting and doing addition with Soroban (the boy counted up to 300 with the aid of the beads and is loving this new tool!). It’s amazing to see the kid grasping the concept of “tens” and “fives”, and understanding the visual representation of the numbers when the beads moved around the upper and lower rods. He is proud of this new skill!
(2) Non-Slip Feature - I LOVE the non-slip feature of this cleverly-designed Soroban! To count with a Soroban, we move the go-dama (upper beads) and ichi-dama (lower beads) either towards or away from the dividing bar known as a “reckoning bar”. The traditional Soroban needs to be set up by laying it flat on a hard surface to prevent the beads from moving freely. But the beads on this Soroban do not slide down on their own even if we placed it vertically upright!
(3) Stands + Strap - The Soroban includes a handy brown strap and two “hideable” stands. We can hang it on the wall, place it upright, or put it flat on the table - whichever way that suits the family’s learning style!
(4) Great size & Material - Size wise, it is gigantic (16inch x 12inch x 2inch) compared to the classic Soroban. I love the enormous beads in striking yellow and red, and the sturdy wooden material. This is a great quality learning tool that will stand the test of time for long-lasting use! We can’t wait to share more about our Soroban-learning journey. Stay tuned!
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