Children ages 5 and up may come and learn about this ancient counting device.
The abacus is one of many counting devices invented to help count large numbers. The abacus is still in use today by shopkeepers in Asia and "Chinatowns" in North America.
One particular use for the abacus is teaching children simple mathematics and especially multiplication; the abacus is an excellent substitute for rote memorization of multiplication tables, a particularily detestable task for young children. The abacus is also an excellent tool for teaching other base numbering systems since it easily adapts itself to any base.