Smartplay Wooden Number Builders are used to develop, reinforce and extend place value concepts using numbers from 1 to 999.
The colour-coded cards assist with recognising number parts (units, tens and hundreds) and can be conveniently stored in the plastic storage container.
An activity guide is included.
The concept of place value in the decimal number system is a core element of mathematics. It is therefore essential that students develop a deep understanding of the concept.
In particular, place value forms the basis of the methods that students are taught to use for calculations with larger numbers, but a secure understanding of place value is also crucial for ordering numbers, making measurements and handling money.
In the storage container
• 27 Wooden Number Builder Cards
– 9 Yellow Ones cards (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
– 9 Green Tens cards (10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90)
– 9 Blue Hundreds cards (100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900)
• Activity guide
Young learners begin with single-digit yellow unit cards (1-9). These cards allow them to firstly develop number recognition and counting from smallest to largest and visa versa.
Once this is mastered, Learners can extend to the double-digit, green tens cards. Again, firstly develop number recognition and then counting from smallest to largest and visa versa.
Once familiar with the cards, the learner can now build up or break down numbers. Example: call out the number 35 and ask the child to build up the number using its parts (30, 5) and placing the smallest card (5) above the largest card (30), aligning both at the arrowhead. Ask the child to then break down the number into its parts.
The instruction leaflet included with each set of Wooden Number Builders contains more suggestions and activities for you.