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Number Play



This manipulative provides opportunities to:

  • View multiple representations of a quanitity with the number, ten frame, plave value cards, and objects

  • Limit the values that can be explored, choosing either 0-10 or 0-20

  • Remove supports in the "lab" version where work is in a more free-form setting with the option to use ten-frames or create equations/inequalities with number tiles

PhET also provides translated versions of the simulation in multiple languages, teacher created activities, and with a free account you can access their teaching resources.

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Simulation by PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder, licensed under CC-BY-4.0 (

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