100th day of school :: chinese abacus

We recently celebrated the 100th day of school and Wynter needed to put something together using 100 items.  We’ve done the sugar cube igloo, the skittle rainbow, and the board with ten of ten random items.  But this year … I, ahem, I mean we, decided to think outside of the box.  Or actually … given our activity … I guess we stayed inside the box, didn’t we? ;)

This here is a Chinese abacus.  An ancient counting tool … although I hear some actuarials still use it today!  {hee, you know who you are!}

Anyhoo … I found a pretty J.Crew shoe box, some colored twine, fruit loops, and Japanese paper tape.  Super easy … and pretty on the eyes too, don’t cha think?

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49 Comments

  1. Brigitte Short
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Brilliant!

  2. Posted February 18, 2011 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Oh, for cute!! That is an awesome idea!! Math help & snack time all rolled into one! ;-) Love it!

  3. Posted February 18, 2011 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Super cute!!! Is there ever a time you’re stumped creatively? Between you, Heather, and Leslie I think you own the market on creativeness.

  4. Beth
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    I think this is a wonderful idea! Although I would probably eat it before it got to class:) Yummy I just love Fruit Loops:)

  5. Posted February 18, 2011 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    So cute! I love the tape accents!

  6. Matt
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Very cool! Can I use this abacus for my next actuarial exam? Much better than any scientific calculator I’ve ever used.

  7. Posted February 18, 2011 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    So cute and simple, but sure doesn’t look simple! Nice work! (and nice work taunting matt too!) :-)

  8. Shanna Watson
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Great ideas for future “100 days”…my daughter (Lola) had her 100 day on Monday…we did heart shaped marshmallows (we had LOTS left over after making our valentine s’more goody bags)

  9. Granny/mom
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Great idea, you are so creative. A wonderful thing to pass on to the girls.

  10. Posted February 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    So fantastic!!!!

  11. Tracie D
    Posted February 19, 2011 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    We had 100th day last week too. Boy do I feel like an underachiever! When M &M are in 1st grade I’ll have some new ideas though!

  12. Posted February 19, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Love this!!!

  13. Lsura
    Posted February 20, 2011 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Beautifully created, Tracie!

  14. Posted February 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    so cretive! love it

  15. Posted February 23, 2011 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    what a great project!!! we’ve done 100 paper umbrellas & 100 american flags :)

  16. Posted February 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    What a great idea!!! LOVE it!!! I may have to use this one next year! ;)

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