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Grades: F - Reception

An interactive MAB block manipulator widget.

Use the MAB Lab with your class to virtually manipulate MAB blocks on your interactive whiteboard or computer. Find totals, represent numbers and explore place value.

Simply drag the MAB blocks from the tray at the bottom of the screen and drop them into the work area. Remove a block by dragging it back into the tray. Clear the screen by tapping the red trash can button.

Live Count

The Mab Lab adds the values of the blocks and displays this on-screen. The live count can help students with addition and remembering the values associated with each type of block. Click the yellow show/hide button to toggle the live count’s visibility.

Place Value Mats

Work on a virtual place value mat by using the MAB Lab’s themes. Choose either the Tens, Hundreds or Thousands theme to provide a scaffold for your students when they are representing numbers. Note: Only relevant blocks will be shown when using themes.

Randomise Blocks

Use the randomiser function to add a random amount of blocks to the work area. With the live count hidden, have students sort these blocks into place value and determine the total value. They can then click the show count button to see if they are correct. The minimum and maximum values for the randomiser can be altered in the settings menu.

Related Resources

This widget can be used in conjunction with the following resources.


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