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10 Simple Place Value Games (KS1 & KS2) To Make Your Maths Lessons Fun And Effective

Alexander Athienitis

Alexander Athienitis

At the start of the new academic year many of us are on the look out for some new place value games and activities for those first KS1 and KS2 maths lessons.

But these sorts of place value games are no good unless they’re actually effective at moving pupils’ knowledge of place value forward. After all, place value as we all know is the foundation stone of the rest of the KS1 and KS2 maths curriculum.

Place Value Game #1: Sorting and Matching 

Place value game #2: odd one out, place value game #3: classroom birthdays, place value game #4: the ten-sided dice rounding game, place value game #5: it’s time to use the hula hoops, place value game #6: line-up, place value game #7: passing practice, place value game #8: football kit – roman numeral swaps, place value game #9: delightful darts, place value game #10: round the dice.

So Third Space Learning is here to help.

Here are 10 of our favourite fun place value maths games and activities (KS1 & KS2), whether your pupils are at the early stage of understanding place value in Year 1 or moving on to positive and negative numbers in Year 6. (We even cover Roman Numerals!)

They also make use of many different manipulatives and ideas, to give a bit more variety than just using arrow cards or base ten blocks.

They’re all extremely simple to explain and manage in class and most can be adapted as appropriate to your year group. We’ve included a free place value printable download of all the games to save time.

We also have a collection of free place value worksheets for you to use with your class – not every lesson can be a game after all!

Free Download - Place Value Games

Free Download - Place Value Games

This free PDF is packed with the games discussed in this blog and presented in and easy to read (and share) format! All of the games are in here, so all that is left for you to do is download and play!

This sorting and matching place value activity is perfect for KS1 pupils, particularly Year 1. 

It’s always good to start off with maths manipulatives to introduce any unit of work – and this one is no different!

The first step is to dig the multi-link cubes out of the cupboard, and after this, ask the children to make sticks of cubes of varying length – from one cube up to ten cubes long. You can then ask the children to arrange the sticks from smallest to largest.

Cubes And Numicon Shapes for place value activity

Next, ask the children to step back from the table. Jumble up the sticks and mix in some Numicon shapes (or bags with varying amounts of counters/dienes in them).

Numicon and blocks matching place value game for primary classrooms

Now, it’s time for the children to match the various representations of numbers with its corresponding mathematical representation. You could ask them to do this, or simply tell them to match the various objects as they wish (they might match a stick of six green multi-link cubes with the Numicon shape for eight, because they’re both green).

Depending on how your pupils  group the various objects will give you a good indication of any gaps in maths that may need to be filled.

Misconception for this maths game

Place value activities – Extension task for Sorting and Matching

To really test the children you could ask them to then sort the numbers into two groups: odd numbers and even numbers. (Using numicon shapes makes it much easier for children to visualise and identify odd numbers.)

This KS1 place value game is great for Year 2 but should be played with some tact, especially with younger pupils!

Firstly, arrange the children into groups of various sizes – a group of four, a group of five, a group of seven, a group of eight…

Ask them to count how many people are in their group, and then count how many people are in the other groups too.

Next, ask each group to sit down in a line in pairs (you could make it a race – which group can sit down the quickest?). Ask the children: can you notice a problem for any of our groups’ lines?

Place Value Games - Odd One Out

Then ask the children to count out the number of children in the groups that have an ‘odd one out’. Hopefully they will notice that the groups of four, six and eight are sat in perfect pairs, but the groups of three, five and seven have an extra person each time. You could reinforce the point by representing the number in each group with a Numicon shape.

Fun games for your KS2 classroom

This is a simple yet effective Year 1/Year 2 interactive place value game, giving pupils a chance to interact with their classmates whilst learning.

Looking for fun games to boost pupils’ learning? We’ve got several articles sharing teacher approved maths activities and fun maths games , including KS2 maths games , KS1 maths games and KS3 maths games for all maths topics and a set of 35 times tables games you’ll want to bookmark whichever year group you teach!

A number most, if not all, children manage to remember, birthdays are an obvious cue for more place value activities , especially those that ask pupils to order numbers.

This activity begins by splitting the class into equal groups or teams. Start by asking the children which month they were born in and equating that month to its number value: January is 1, February is 2 and so on.

Then ask the children to tell the other people in their group when they were born – they could even write out their date of birth in its numerical form. For example, 1/11/2015. You could ask the children to group themselves into children who were born in an odd-numbered year and even-numbered year, odd-numbered months and even-numbered months, then on odd-numbered days and even-numbered days. Depending on the depth you are going into with regards to properties of number with your class, they could organise themselves into those whose months or day numbers fall into certain times tables, or other number properties, like square, cube or prime numbers. Next, you could get the groups to organise themselves in age order, from youngest to oldest (call it a race to speed them up). Then, finally have the whole class come together and – using the knowledge from each group – sort themselves into age order!

This is one place value game that will be relevant year after year and can be used across primary school in KS1 and KS2!

third space learning maths intervention slide on place value and ordering numbers

This sort of simple dice-based place value game is great for Year 1, and can be modified and extended for use with older KS1 and KS2 pupils. 

If you don’t already have ten-sided dice it could be a smart purchase as they can be handy at different points throughout the year (especially for random number generation).

10 sided dice for maths activities

The first step in this place-value activity is to split the children into pairs or triplets.

If they’re in a pair, one child gets a point each time 1, 2, 3, 4 or 10 is rolled (as they’re the ‘rounding down’ person), the other child gets a point each time 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 is rolled (they’ll be the ‘rounding up’ person).

If there are three children instead of two, the third can be the score-keeper or referee and then they can rotate the roles.

Dice and tally chart - place value games for ks2

Have the children roll the die and write down each time someone gets a point. Do this ten times; get the most and you’ve won.

The following lower Key Stage 2 activity could be used as a Year 3 or Year 4 place value starter, an active maths break, or a fantastic warm-up at the beginning of a PE session. Split the class into teams of ten. Give each child a post-it note displaying the number they will represent.

Maths Game with hula hoops

On each side of the classroom, PE hall or playground, set up three or four hula hoops for each team. Each hoop will represent a place value column: thousands, hundreds, tens and ones.

Maths Game for KS2 classes

Give the children a spoken instruction. For example: Show me 359. The children then race to make the correct number (i.e. 359 in this case) quicker than the other team(s).

Hula hoop place value activity – Extension task

For an extra challenge, increase the hoops and complexity of the columns – both whole numbers and decimals. Once children are comfortable with three-digit numbers, you could introduce 4-digit numbers, for example.

For differentiation purposes, you could choose to use a more confident mathematician as a coach/captain, sat in place representing the decimal point.

This is the perfect place value game for Year 3, Year 2 or Year 1 pupils as everyone gets a chance to join in.

Purely for organisational purposes this place value game is likely best for Year 4, 5 or 6.

For the next activity, we suggest starting by splitting teams into equal groups. The next thing to do is to stick a post-it note with a number on the back of each child.

The children will need to read the number that each of their teammates has on their back to the rest of their group, until everyone knows what is written on their post-it note. You could alternate between numerical representations and numbers written out in their worded form.

Then, it is a race as a team to organise themselves in a number line from smallest to largest, according to the numbers they have been assigned.

Simple game for maths classroom

You can enlarge the teams or use more and larger numbers to add extra challenge. We love this idea for ordering, so expect to see variations of it cropping up in other blog posts!

Best for Year 2 or 3, and especially good for the sort of stealthy outdoor maths activity you can sneak in as part of a PE or general outdoors session.

Using cones from the PE cupboard, set up two or more sets of three goals. Each goal will only need two cones – each cone being a goal post – and each goal will represent a place value column: ones, tens, hundreds…)

Place Value Football Game

Now give each group or team a number to achieve. For example, if the given number is 385, they would need to pass the ball through the ones goal five times, then the tens goal eight times and, finally, the hundreds goal three times.

Again, the game could be easily turned into a competition by pitting teams against each other to add some pace. It is also very easily adaptable; 2-digit numbers could be used with less able pupils, 3-digit numbers with more able pupils and so on.

We’ve done the hard work for you on this one and created some templates for this printable place value game for Year 6

T ake a look below for the football kit templates with shirt numbers in Roman Numeral format. (If you have a class with split footballing loyalties, there is always the option to get them to colour in the shirts in their favourite teams’ colours.) We’ve left a few empty shirts for you to use as you wish!

roman numerals squad numbers

One child should be holding the Roman Numeral football kit cards, the other should have cards or pieces of paper with a member of their favourite football team’s squad on each card or piece of paper.

For this example we will use the heroic England squad from the 2018 World Cup. (Keen to relive those days? Take a look at our World Cup Maths Activities .) 

England Squad Numbers - Maths Game

The task here is for children to swap or match each Roman Numeral card with a player’s card with the corresponding squad number. You could challenge pairs or groups of children to match their cards, then order them from smallest to largest the fastest! (You could extend the task by asking the children to sort them in other ways too: odds and evens; square numbers; prime numbers; cube numbers.)

We recommend a magnetic dart board for this place value game for upper KS2; of course it works as well with real darts but they bring their own challenges to a group of Year 5 and Year 6.

The range of place value challenges you can set with a dart board – real or printable – are almost limitless. It’s also a great way to practise other number facts and mental maths strategies or when teaching times tables . 

dartboard for fun maths activities

Here are some ideas:

It’s also a great opportunity for the children to practice their mental addition skills, two and three times tables – they need to be able to multiply by three to hit the magic 180!

Another simple dice-based place value game about rounding numbers, this time tailored towards Year 2 and up! Children can roll the dice and record results as many times as you decide, but we recommend 5 or 10 rolls. 

Pair off the class and provide each pair with their own pair of dice.

Children should roll the dice and see which two numbers land face up e.g. 3 and 5. From these two single digits, they can make two double digit numbers – in this case 35 and 53.

Have the children record their rolls, the resulting double digit numbers and what they round to, then have them roll again.

Some key questions:

round the dice place value game

More place value games and activit y ideas

All of the place value games above can be adapted to suit the ages and abilities of children in your class. And by using them as a way into the subject you’ll find your pupils will be better able to create links between abstract numbers and real world scenarios.

Place value confidence is a crucial step in helping children to visualise number more clearly and partition mentally with greater success, as well as laying the foundations for improving mental strategies increasing the speed of mental calculations too.

It’s no surprise that our place value lessons are always the most popular starting point teachers choose for pupils receiving our online maths tuition and many of the primary maths strategies we use start with embedding this concept.

If you’re teaching place value to Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 or Year 6 this year, you’ll want to read our new Guide To Teaching Place Value At KS2 – it breaks down step by step the theory and practice of achieving mastery in this foundational concept.

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30 Smart Place Value Activities for Elementary Math Students

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Jill Staake

Place value is one of those basic concepts that help kids build a wide variety of math skills. There are lots of fun place value activities you can use to help them understand, whether you’re working with basic tens and ones or have advanced to decimals with tenths and hundredths. Here’s a terrific collection of ideas to add to your upcoming lesson plans!

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1. Start with an anchor chart

Chart in the shape of a robot showing standard form, base 10 form, expanded form, and word form (Place Value Activities)

Help students understand and remember four ways to represent numbers and place value with an anchor chart. Turning the chart into a robot ups the fun factor!

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2. Read a book about place value

Collage of book covers about place value

We’re not talking about the paragraph in their math workbook that explains the concept. We mean one of these engaging and entertaining place value books that capture kids’ imagination while helping them understand how place value works and why it matters. There are plenty of options out there—here are a few of our favorites.

3. Turn paint samples into place value sliders

Colorful paint sample chips with individual sections labeled tens and ones, with number strips inserted (Place Value Activities)

Use the cutouts in paint sample chips as little “windows” for numbers. This is a fun and colorful way to introduce place value to your students.

Learn more: The Brown Bag Teacher

4. Show it four ways

Orange worksheet with the number 39 represented as numerals, tens and ones, place value blocks, and 30+9

Ask students to demonstrate their understanding of place value by showing one number in a variety of ways. Get a free printable worksheet for this activity at the link.

Learn more: A Kinderteacher Life

5. Transform a pillbox into a place value manipulative

Teacher's hands holding a divided pill container with 9-sided dice in each compartment, next to sheets of printable place value labels

Stop by the dollar store for some weekly pillbox containers, then use our free printable labels to turn them into dice shakers you can use for all kinds of place value activities.

6. Stack place value Cheerio towers

Uncooked spaghetti strands stuck upright into playdough and labeled H, T, and O with Cheerios stacked on each next to card reading 570

Looking for more inexpensive math class ideas? Grab a box of uncooked spaghetti and some Cheerios to use for your place value activities!

Learn more: Mrs. J’s Resource Creations

7. Visualize place value with a foldable

Sentence strip folded to show the number 7930 and unfolded to show place values (Place Value Activities)

Use sentence strips and dry-erase tape to create a reusable math manipulative that reinforces place value concepts and expanded form.

Learn more: Teacher Thrive / Teaching Place Value

8. Slide cards into binder pages

Clear pocket pages in a binder with place value headings and numbers

Use divided binder pages along with number and base 10 cards to show place value. Call out each digit and its place (“There’s a 3 in the thousands place”) and see if your students can make the correct number.

Learn more: Tunstall’s Teaching Tidbits

9. Construct a tower of base 10 blocks

Base 10 blocks stacked into towers and other structures (Place Value Activities)

Base 10 blocks are a popular math manipulative , and they’re perfect for teaching place value. This activity challenges kids to use the blocks to find three different ways to build a structure representing 1,000. New to base 10 blocks? Here’s a good starter set from Amazon to try.

Learn more: Asheigh’s Education Journey

10. Figure out the place value of your name

Base 10 blocks used to spell the name Abigail, with sticky notes indicating the place value of several student names (Place Value Activities)

Here’s another clever use for base 10 blocks. First, have each student use them to spell out their name. Then, count up the numbers of tens and ones blocks to determine your name’s place value!

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11. Stack paper cups

Stacked paper cups, with number written on rim of each (Place Value Activities)

While you’re at the dollar store, pick up some stackable paper cups. Number them 1 to 9 along the edge, and then use them to talk about place value as you stack them to create different numbers.

Learn more: The Imagination Tree

12. Build place value bugs

Cute bug made from one large pom pom and a series of smaller ones, with cards saying tens, ones, and 15 (Place Value Activities)

How cute is this little number bug? Use large pom-poms for tens and smaller ones for ones, then set them on a wood craft stick to create a number.

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13. Shoot for the target with LEGO bricks

Target with rings marked 1000, 100, 10, and 1, with LEGO bricks on each ring

LEGO bricks really are ideal for place value activities. Toss the bricks onto a homemade target with rings to represents ones, tens, and so on. Count the studs of each brick that lands on a place value ring, then add them up to get your final number. ( See more LEGO math ideas here. )

14. Build understanding with LEGO bricks

LEGO DUPLO bricks with numbers written on the sides under each peg (Place Value Activities)

You know your students love to build with LEGO, so use them to reinforce place value concepts too. Hands-on place value activities are always the most fun!

Learn more: Teach Me Mommy

15. Act out multiplying and dividing

Diagrams showing students shifting places as they multiply and divide decimals by ten

Active math games are one of the best ways we know to get kids involved in their learning. Find out how to act out multiplying or dividing by powers of ten at the link below.

Learn more: Teacher Thrive / Powers of Ten

16. Play a game of Place Value War

Student's hand laying out UNO cards in three rows

Play this game with Uno cards or a classic deck with face cards removed. Each player has a number of piles (depending on which place values you’re working on) and lays down the top card from each. The players say the resulting numbers out loud (e.g. “five hundred thirty”), and the player with the highest number wins. For a fun variation, allow players to use the cards they flip to create the highest possible number.

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17. Build a number

Worksheet with the digits 3703 at the top, and instructions to build the largest number, build the smallest number, etc. (Place Value Activities)

Kids select some number cards, then try to meet a series of challenges like making the largest number they can. Add in a decimal card to up the complexity of the game.

Learn more: Mathwire.com

18. Keep track of school days in a pocket chart

Pocket chart with columns labeled hundreds, tens, and ones, with ten frames in each pocket

Each day, count how many days students have been in school this year by adding counters like 10-frames to a pocket chart. The number climbs as the year goes on, building from ones to tens to hundreds.

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19. Send them on a scavenger hunt

Worksheet labeled Place Value Scavenger Hunt with categories like 0 in the ones place and 2 in the tens place

Grab a stack of old magazines and newspapers and let kids loose to find examples of the place value challenges set in this scavenger hunt. Hit the link below to get the free printable.

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20. Shake things up with Yahtzee

Place Value Yatzhee score cards with title Who wins the game?

Roll out the dice and try to beat your opponent as you fulfill the conditions of this special game of Yahtzee. Print the free game boards and get the rules at the link below. ( Find more creative ways to use dice in your classroom here. )

Learn more: Games 4 Gains

21. Enjoy a game of Whack It!

4-rectangle tape grid with number cards in each space, with child hitting one with a fly swatter (Place Value Activities)

What kid doesn’t love to whack things with a fly swatter? Put that energy to good use by having them slap the swatter down on the correct values as you call them out.

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22. Take a journey on the Place Value Path

Printable board game labeled The Place Value Path with dice and yellow bingo dauber

This free printable game combines a traditional board game with bingo. Roll the dice to see which outer square you land on. Count up the number represented by the base-10 symbols, and mark it on your bingo board. When you get five in a row, you win!

Learn more: The Measured Mom / Place Value Games

23. Toss beanbags into place value bins

Series of plastic bins labeled tens, ones, hundreds, and thousands with bean bags in each

Combine hand-eye coordination practice with math skills in this place value game. Label bins for tens, hundreds, etc., and choose a number. Kids toss numbered bean bags into the correct bins to win!

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24. Snack and learn with rainbow math

Worksheet with rainbow and clouds on each end, labeled ones and tens, with pipe cleaner strung with Froot Loops and handful of loose cereal

Use Froot Loops cereal pieces and pipe cleaners to learn tens and ones with this free printable activity. Don’t want to use cereal? Try beads instead.

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25. Use nuts and bolts to learn place value

Worksheet called Building Numbers with spaces for tens and ones, with nuts and bolts representing the number 57

Looking for inexpensive ways to represent base 10? Try nuts and bolts! You can pick them up in bulk at the hardware store, and it’s easy to replace them if they get lost.

Learn more: The Measured Mom / Nuts and Bolts

26. Make giant DIY ones and tens blocks

Kindergarten students holding large paper base ten blocks to represent the number 44 (Place Value Activities)

Cut squares of bright-colored card stock for ones, and tape together a series of them to create the tens. Then add smiley faces to the top just for fun, and have kids hold up the giant blocks to represent various numbers.

Learn more: The Kindergarten Smorgasboard / Giant Blocks

27. Cut a pool noodle into tens and ones

Blue and green pool noodles cut into long and short pieces, with card saying 64 (Place Value Activities)

The nice thing about these DIY manipulatives is that they’re easy for little hands to handle. Cut pool noodles to represent tens and ones to give kids practice building numbers.

Learn more: The Kindergarten Smorgasboard / Pool Noodle DIY

28. Solve a place value puzzle

Place Value Puzzle worksheet with a series of clues

Place value activities are still important for older kids. This advanced activity asks them to solve math word problems and write the solutions into the correct place on the grid. Get the free printable at the link below.

Learn more: Education.com

29. Complete a place value maze

Adding 10,000 maze worksheet, available from Math Geek Mama

This advanced place value activity gives students practice adding hundreds, thousands, and higher. They find the next correct answer in the maze as they go along. Visit the link for these free printable mazes.

Learn more: Math Geek Mama

30. Walk along giant number lines

Young student moving colorful paper plates along number lines made from blue painter's tape on the floor

We love place value activities that also get kids up and moving! For this one, use masking tape to create number lines for ones, tens, hundreds, etc., on the floor. Choose a number and use paper plates to mark the correct places on the number lines, or have kids stand on the correct mark instead.

Learn more: Hands On as We Grow

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30 Smart Place Value Activities for Elementary Math Students

Jill Staake is a Contributing Editor with WeAreTeachers. She has a degree in Secondary English Education and has taught in middle and high school classrooms. She's also done training and curriculum design for a financial institution and been a science museum educator. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida where she often works on her back porch while taking frequent breaks for bird-watching and gardening.

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Have you seen our huge collection of place value activities ?

We’re a bit strange in the Teach Starter office…we go a little crazy at the idea of creating Numeracy resources ! The teachers on the resource team and content team  are always thinking of interesting and exciting ways to teach the concepts of number, measurement, shape…the list goes on!

Because of this, we’re creating more and more resources every day.

Take place value for example. Whether worksheets, games, or hands-on activities are your jam – we’ve got your back! In fact, we’ve got so many place value activities that they are divided into their own sub-categories.

Simply click on the drop-down menus, refine your year level, collection and resource type, and you’re ready to go!

Why is it Important to Teach Place Value?

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Think about something you’ve done recently that involved numbers. Have you calculated the price of something? Measured amounts for a recipe? How about figured out how much time a journey will take? How hard would this have been to do without place value?

Place value is knowing the value of digits based on their position.

Understanding place value is essential for learning mathematics. Teaching place value right from the early years lays the foundation for many mathematical concepts that your students will be taught as they progress through school. While it can be a difficult concept for some young learners, once taught it will become second nature and stay with them for life.

NEW Place Value Activities!

You may have read Cassie’s blog  55 Amazing Alternatives to Place Value Worksheets . She has done a fabulous job of showcasing some of our tried and true place value resources which have been loved and shared for years.

Because we know how important teaching place value is, we’ve just uploaded some exciting and NEW place value activities that your class will love. From single-digit to hundreds of millions, there’s a resource for every level.

Don’t just take my word for it, though! Read ahead to check them out!

Place Value Games

Place value games are fantastic for introducing your students to a new topic, consolidating their understanding of a learned concept, or revising a skill.

We have SO MANY place value games on the Teach Starter website, but here are our latest! Use these fun games as a whole class, in Numeracy rotations, or even as a fun reward!

Ten Add Bowling Active Learning

This hilariously fun game can be carried out in or out of the classroom!

Place Value Activities - Ten Add Bowling

Ask your kids to bowl the ‘bowling ball’ towards pins which have been labelled with numbers 1 – 10. Your students will need to add together the numbers of any pins they knock down. The student with the greatest number wins!

As a place value activity for older students, why not ask them to order the pins to create the largest number?

What’s My Card? Double-Digit Board Game

Your students will love mimicking the popular ‘Guess Who’ game with these number cards.

Place Value Activities - What's My Card?

Each child picks a card and takes turns asking questions with a partner to figure out the number!

Place Value Bingo Game – Numbers 0-1 000 000

Everybody loves bingo!

Place Value Activities - Place Value Bingo

Use this activity to consolidate your students understanding of numbers up to one million.

There are even blank game cards for your students to create their own!

2-Digit Place Value Card Game – Flip It!

Consolidate understanding of place value to hundreds with this fun, engaging game!

Place Value Activities - 2 Digit Flip It

Similar to the dice game  Yahtzee , students must try to fill in a 2-digit number next to every place value clue on their score sheet. The player who has filled in the most numbers on their score sheet at the end of the game is the winner.

Place Value Worksheets

Place value worksheets are the perfect resource to help your students attempt to independently put their knowledge into practice.

Use these worksheets for independent work, during Numeracy rotations, or project a digital copy onto your whiteboard and work through them as whole class place value activities!

Free Download: Black and White Hundreds Board – Blank

The opportunities are endless with this resource!

Use it for anything from counting to multiplication. Fill it out before photocopying and giving it to your class, or give them a blank copy and let them race to the finish!

Place Value Activities - Blank Hundreds Board

Why not print, laminate and use a whiteboard marker so you can use this resource again and again?

My 3-Digit Place Value Diary

This is an adorable resource for your students to personalise!

Print a diary for each student in the class. Cut along the dotted lines then staple together on the left-hand side to create a little book.

Place Value Activities - 3-Digit Place Value Diary

Use the booklet as an assessment tool when assessing the students understanding of 3-digit place value. Students use the diary to represent three different 3-digit numbers in several different ways!

Numbers Boards with Missing Numbers – 1-120

This resource contains numbers boards from 1  – 120 with random missing numbers.

Place Value Activities - Missing Numbers 1 -120

The best part is there’s not one, but five different sheets, as well as a blank board for your students to create their own!

Hundreds Board Mystery Picture Addition Task Cards

This teaching resource requires students to complete addition problems and colour in number squares on a hundreds board to reveal a mystery picture. This activity is great to use as a fast finisher activity!

The download includes a hundreds chart numbered 1 – 100 and another chart without numbers, allowing you to differentiate the level of challenge as needed. The 32  educational task cards contain instructions that are simple to follow and the solutions are also provided in the download.

5-Digit Number of the Day Worksheet

This is a fantastic resource which is perfect for consolidating understanding of number representations. Use this worksheet as a Numeracy warm-up to intensely focus on a 5-digit number. Or have your students choose their own!

Place Value Activities - 5-Digit Number of the Day

This resource also comes available in 2-digit, 3-digit and 4-digit format, as well as a Number of The Day Warm-Up Powerpoint ! To top things off, this adaptable FREE Number of the Day Worksheet also comes in black and white editable format for any number.

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A 5-digit place value worksheet to represent the number of the day in different ways.

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2-Digit Number of the Day Worksheet

A 2-digit place value worksheet to represent the number of the day in different ways.

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3-Digit Number of the Day Worksheet

A 3-digit place value worksheet to represent the number of the day in different ways.

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4-Digit Number of the Day Worksheet

A 4-digit place value worksheet to represent the number of the day in different ways.

Place Value Number Sense Task Cards

Who’s motivated for some quick morning mathematics?

As part of our new place value resources, we have developed several sets of wonderful Number Talks cards. Number talks are meant to be short, daily Numeracy activities that allow students to have meaningful and highly engaging conversations about mathematics. Simply show students the front of the card, and ask the prompts on the back. These exchanges will lead to the development of more accurate, efficient, and flexible strategies for students.

We have Number Talks Teaching Resource Packs for grades 1 – 4! I’ve chosen a select few of the included resources and unpacked them for you below.

Number Talks – Number Sense Task Cards

This resource contains numbers all the way to one billion!

Place Value Activities - Number Sense

This card set is a great teaching resource designed to help students with:

Number Talks – Building Numbers Task Cards

Use the funky number pyramids on these cards build numbers!

Place Value Activities - Build Numbers

Prompt your students with questions such as:

Number Talks – Place Value Task Cards

With numbers represented with place value column, blocks and numerals, this number sense task is great for building skills related to:

Place Value Activities - Place Value Task Cards

Number Talks – Making Ten Task Cards

This teaching resource is a great way for students to practise making ten in a variety of ways using a specific set of numbers.

Place Value Activities - Making Tens

They may use just one operation or a combination of all four! It is up to them how they reach the number ten.

Number Talks – Decimal Representation Task Cards

Here’s another one for the older students!

Place Value Activities - Decimal Representations

This card set is a great teaching resource designed to help students with:

I am so excited to share these new place value activities with you!

We hope you and your students have fun learning the basics of place value. and don’t forget to check out teach starter for many more numeracy activities.

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Place Value Basketball

Place Value Basketball is a fun, base ten blocks game which helps children aged 5 to 8 to know what each digit in a either a two or three digit number represents.

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Place Value Charts

A brilliant resource for learning or teaching place value. Different levels of difficulty which include decimals.

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Coconut Odd or Even

Coconut Odd or Even can help children identify odd and even numbers. Recognising odd and even numbers is an important number concept in Key Stage 1.

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Dienes and Coins

Useful place value teaching resources for use on an interactive whiteboard. They cover hundreds, tens and units and money. With some you will need to drag the Diennes blocks to represent the number you want.

place value activities ks1

Bead Numbers - Place Value

Bead Numbers is a place value investigation involving a tens and ones abacus. The game provides a good context for encouraging learners to think systematically.

place value activities ks1

Number Pieces

A great teaching resource which helps children to understand place value. It uses hundreds, tens and ones blocks. It's great for showing a visual demonstration of numbers.

place value activities ks1

Number Frames

Number Frames help students structure numbers to five, ten, twenty, and one hundred.

place value activities ks1

What are odd and even numbers?

A Bitesize feature which explains how even numbers divide between two and odd don't. Try your hand at making the monkeys happy.

place value activities ks1

ITP Place Value

This resource displays on-screen place value cards to construct and partition three-digit whole numbers.

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A great resource for demonstrating place value, counting, addition and subtraction. You need to click on the signs to add or remove beads.

Years 1 & 2: Number and Place Value

This list consists of activities and ideas designed to support the new curriculum programme of study in years 1 and 2. Containing tips on using the resources and suggestions for further use it covers:

Year 1: counting, reading and writing numbers to 100 (in numerals) and in multiples of twos, fives and tens, identify one more/one less, identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations and read and write numbers 1-20 in words. 

Year 2: count forwards and backwards in steps of 2,3,5 from 0 and in tens, place value of two digit numbers, identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations, compare and order numbers (0-100) using <,>, = signs, read and write numbers in numerals and solve problems using place value and number facts.

Visit the primary mathematics webpage to access all lists: www.stem.org.uk/primary-maths .

Starting Number Skills

Quality Assured Category: Mathematics Publisher: Collins Educational

A treasure chest of 40 activity work sheets and games linked to many of the mathematical topics in key stage 1. Many activities allow children to become confident at recognising numbers as numerals and pictorial representations before recognising them as words, including a range of engaging problem solving challenges encouraging application of understanding of number up to ten.

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Maths Chest 2 - Number: Pack 1

Quality Assured Category: Mathematics Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Aimed at Year 1, this resource provides many activity ideas for counting, reading, writing and recognising numbers using practical tasks. All activities are focused on understanding numerals zero to ten, including a range of ideas and strategies for understanding an empty set/zero.

place value activities ks1

Maths Chest 3 - Number: Pack 1

Aimed at year 2, this resource provides games and activities, including photocopiable worksheets. They could be used with the whole class or with smaller groups practising specific topics. All activities are focused on understanding numerals 0-20, including a range of engaging problem solving challenges encouraging application of understanding of ordering and grouping, greater than, less than and equal to.


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