Why Use a ‘Magic Tape’?
Developmentally, many children need concrete apparatus to solve mathematical problems. They may not be able to use abstract processes until the age of 10-11 years or older. Using the ‘Magic Tape’ helps them manipulate number in a way that makes sense to them, and can be used in a wide variety of ways in the classroom. When children have a secure working knowledge of number position, they can move on to using a ‘100 square’.
‘Magic Tapes’ have the numbers written vertically on one side and horizontally on the other. This helps children to use them to measure horizontally, and to understand the absolute position of numbers. It conforms with the number language children are taught: ‘higher’, ‘bigger’, ‘count up/ down’ etc.
“All children in primary school classrooms should have access to ‘Magic Tapes’. When I used it with my son it was such a revelation for him” J. White (parent) via email