The Long Bead Chains Cabinet

The elementary finally has the long bead chains rack to show off this beautiful material!

It took a day and a half to put the cabinet together and I could not be happier!

What a far cry from storing them in boxes like we have up until now.

What’s more it was made at a fraction of the cost of those available with the material manufacturers.  Also we used better quality wood to do justice to this superbly elegant material .

Once all the chains were hooked, squares aligned and cubes neatly placed in a row, Violet, one of our ancillary staff commented, “This looks like a jewellery shop”

The children are going to LOVE it!

PS: For those of you who are wondering what the long bead chains actually are : the material allows a child to build an arithmetic square (10 x 10) and then an arithmetic cube (10 x 10 x 10) for numbers 1 to 10!

For example, 10 bars of 10 beads in each bar, fold in together to make a square of 10 (ie 10 x 10 ); the child continues folding in the squares and ends with 10 squares of 10 bars of 10 beads.

She replaces the folded bars for actual squares and when she stacks them up one on top of the other.

Lo Behold! the 10 squares form a cube of 10 (10 x 10 x10).

There are corresponding tickets of multiples that the child lays out and thereby the arithmetic value of a square and cube is also worked with.

Building the basic frame.

Building the basic frame.

Measure measure measure

Measure measure measure

Checking the hooks

Backing - check; hooks - check; shelves for squares - check; shelf for cubes - check; symmetry - check!

Backing – check; hooks – check; squares – check; cubes – check; SYMMETRY – CHECK!

BEAUTY!

BEAUTY!

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2 thoughts on “The Long Bead Chains Cabinet

    • Thanks for stopping by Bul! This is indeed a genius of a material!
      So, here’s a little game I play when I’m day dreaming – I visualise the short bead chains on their rack and the long bead chains, side-by-side. Just that one visual so succinctly hints at the changed characteristics of the child in the second plane of development!

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