The Place Value Game
Understanding place value is an important math skill! Help your child gain confidence as he competes to create the largest number using a deck of playing cards. As you play, open a dialogue about where to put selected cards. (For example, a 9 should go in the highest place, as it will help make a larger number.) Ask questions about why your child selects a particular position for a card and what might be some good strategies to win.
What You Need:
- Deck of playing cards (with tens and face cards removed)
- Several players
- Sheet of paper for each player
- Pencil for each player
What You Do:
- Help the players create place value position sheets. Each position sheet should contain 4 different columns, one for each place value position. Thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones should serve as the column headers.
- If your deck contains Jokers, you may want to include them and have them count as 0.
- Shuffle the deck of cards and place it in a pile, face down.
- Have the players take turns drawing a card from the pack and placing them on their place value position sheet. Once a card has been placed in a particular column, it cannot be moved.
- Play until all spaces on the mats are filled. Whoever has the largest number wins and receives a point.
- Keep playing until you've mastered place value.
If you're playing this game with kids who are a little bit older, you can include additional columns to the position sheet and label them tenths, hundredths, etc.