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Product: Brio Abacus with Clock
Age Range: 3 years+
Manufacturer’s Description: Classic toy for an early and playful introduction to numbers, counting and learning to tell time. Made of wood and plastic, with ten colourful beads and a clock with moveable hands. As stylish on the shelf as it is pedagogic, this is a toy to keep as your child grows.
Review: Lydia has just started primary school, and so this toy is ideal for her right now. She is becoming increasingly familiar with numbers, how to add them & subtract them, and will also soon start to learn the basics of telling the time.
This lovely abacus from Brio comes with a clock face on one side, and a sort of key to using the abacus on the other; showing how the different arrangements of beads represents different numbers. Both of the hands on the clock face are moveable – being easy for little hands to move around, yet not so loose that they slip out of place once positioned.
Georgie really enjoyed showing off to Lydia how much she’s learned about telling the time since she started school, and was loving teaching Lydia all the different “o’clocks” – it is a great learning tool for getting to know your half-pasts, quarter-tos, and so on. The clock side has clear numbers around the outer edge of the clock face, and lines at 3, 6, 9 and 12 indicating each quarter of the face.
On the numbers side of the toy, children can count the dots and arrange the beads to match. Lydia had a great time arranging the beads to represent the different ages of herself, her sister, and all of her cousins.
Made from wood and plastic, this toy is of fantastic quality – sometimes you get something that seems really well designed and made, and this abacus & clock is definitely one of those. At £19.99 it is a touch on the pricier side, but you are getting two toys in one which does increase the play value. We give this lovely abacus five stars.