The Place Value Game

What You Need:

  • Deck of playing cards (with tens and face cards removed)
  • 2-4 players
  • Sheet of paper for each player
  • Pencil for each player

What You Do:

  1. 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. Modify the place value position sheet according to your child's ability. For example, some children may benefit from focusing on hundreds, tens, and ones. 
  2. If your deck contains Jokers, you may want to include them and have them count as 0.
  3. Shuffle the deck of cards and place it in a pile, face down.
  4. 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.
  5. Play until all spaces on the mats are filled. Whoever has the largest number receives a point.
  6. Extend the learning by having your child add or subtract two or more of the numbers that were created on the place value position sheets. Can they figure out the difference between the numbers? Can they figure out the total number?
  7. Keep playing until you've mastered place value.

If you're playing this game with kids who need an extra challenge, include additional columns to the position sheet and label them tenths, hundredths, etc. Alternatively, create a place value position sheet that only includes decimals to the thousandths. Invite the players to compare the decimals based on meanings of the digits in each place using the greater than, less than, and equal symbols.

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