Friday, June 21, 2024

Mathcubes – Place Value, By Junior Learning - REVIEW

Nature/ Type:            Mathematics Resource 

Rating:                       ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️  ⭐️ 

Recommended age:   5 year-old ++ 

Who would love this: Parents/ teachers looking for creative and innovative mathematics teaching aids 

I’m a big fan of Junior Learning and its creatively designed learning resources that make mathematics fun and visually exciting. Today, I would love to share about “Junior Learning Mathcubes – Place Value” - a new multipurpose set to help kids to dive into the world of number digits and values! 

Why I love ❤️ it: 

(1) Connectable Beads & Line Cubes To Learn Number Values 

This set has everything we need to help kids to visualise number connections through a series of hand-on activities. My favourite components are the 12 yellow line cubes and the 30 connectable green beads. Each of the yellow cubes is printed with the value it represents- “O, T, H, Th, Tth, Hth, M” (“One” to “Million”). And it doesn’t stop there; the cubes also can be used to show the decimal numeral system. One cube is labeled with decimal separator (represented by a “dot”), and more cubes with non-integer value (i.e. value of non whole number) - “t, h, th, tth”. This is an innovative “flexible abacus” - the beads are connectable and stand upright / vertically, the yellow base cubes are labelled with place value for easy reference (including the value of non-integer digits), and the components are vibrant and appealing. 

(2) "Ten Hundreds" Board + "Ten-Tens" Sticks + "Ten-Ones" Cubes

The set also includes 3 “ten hundreds” board (blue board divided into 100 squares in the grid of 10x10), 10 “ten-tens” sticks (green rectangular piece in a line of 10 squares), and 20 “ten-ones” cubes (mini yellow cubes - each representing the value “1”). These are some versatile, essential classroom items to show the relationship between smaller and larger numbers, and the concept of “10s”. 

(3) 30 Activities To Use With Components 

I LOVE the 15 double-sided activity cards that show 30 progressively challenging activities and step-by-step instructions. For example, there are activities teaching the kids how to do “addition” and “subtraction” using the “ten-tens” sticks and “ten-ones” cubes; cards helping kids to visualise the concept of “percentage” using the blue “ten hundreds” board as the base representing the whole 100%; cards about “rounding-up” (or “rounding-down”) using the green beads, and more! The activities are stimulating, fun, and cover a wide array of concepts (from simple to complex!). 

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