Make a counting rope
A great activity to practice fine motor skills and tool use ending up with an outdoor maths abacus.
What you'll need
- wooden counters with holes through
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Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:
- leave no trace
Health & Safety Considerations
Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:
- tool use
- string use
Buy or make some wooden counters with a hole through the middle. Look at our Guide to palm drills if you want more information about drilling your own counters.
You’ll also need a length of string with a slightly smaller diameter than the hole.
If you are making the drill holes yourself, use your drill directly down through the item onto a hard surface.
Make a nice pile of wooden threading blocks.
Have fun threading the string or lace through the blocks.
If you use a bigger drill, such as a carpenters drill and brace or an electric drill, then you can drill bigger blocks that can be threaded onto rope to create a bigger threading set.
If you alternate the blocks in sets of five, between shorter and longer blocks, or use different diameters, you can create a counting rope.
Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.