Place Value

teaching place value-gameWe are looking at Place Value again... and all the teachers who have used this have found it to be a real hit with their children!

It is basically a grid of numbers.

The children take it in turns to roll a dice and choose a card. Together, the dice and the card indicate a number value - if the children find this value on their sheet they colour it in (or cover it with a counter - if you are recycling the game boards)

For example: Read more »

teaching-place value

This is a very simple collection of 'cards' you can use to support place value.

Throughout the Summer we asked for suggestions of maths teaching resources you would like to see added to This was one of them - a way to link Tens and Units with other, different representations of numbers.



The 9 page pdf download features 72 cards showing four different ways to represent numbers: Read more »

Place Value materialsPlace Value (or base ten) materials, like Dienes equipment, have proven highly successful as way of helping children  to understand this important concept. Read more »

place value maths gameThis is a simple Top Trumps-style maths game with the focus on helping children to understand Place Value. Read more »

place value gameHere's another very useful Place Value game. This one focused primarily on reading numbers and recognizing 'place value'. The game follows the familiar "I have... Who has?" format.

The children are given a selection of cards, each with a "I have..." statement, a number and then a "Who has...?" question. Read more »

Place Value ActivityThis superb resource was contributed by one of our mathsticks members, Jason.

The maths activity offers a 'real life' context for place value. The children are presented with a series of clues which lead to specific numbers. These numbers represent meter readings and part of the challenge is for the children to accurately enter the numbers onto an analogue and a digital recording sheet. Read more »

100 square maths resourceI find it hard to believe mathsticks has been going for so long and we haven't ever published any 100 square jigsaws.

Well, it's obviously time we corrected that particular injustice. So, here are four of them. Read more »

place value Here is the first of several new Christmas themed mathsticks resources for 2011.

Place Value Labels is problem solving activity focused on strengthening children's understanding of place value. [No, it's not just a set of 'labels']. Read more »

maths teachers - addition and place value bingo gameHere's another 'why didn't I think of that' moment - a stunning place-value and calculation activity (well, we think it's fairly stunning). I had nearly forgotten about it until we started looking through some old work files in the garage. Read more »

target number mathes game

To play the game, the boards should be cut out and laminated. Children then write on them with a whiteboard pen. The players also need a set of 0-9 digit cards between them. Read more »

Bigger numbers - digit window framesA number of you have asked for a refinement to our ever-popular random number generator, the 2 Digit Window Frame resource. Some wanted smaller digits (the physical size of the font), while others wanted more options to work with larger numbers (more than 2 digits).

Firstly, thank you for the suggestions; and here's our new Window Frame resource. Read more »

Digit cards - Decimals for the Ladder Place Value gameHere's a useful set of 42 cards featuring different decimals between 0.02 and 1.81. Sized to suit the Place Value Ladder Boards.

Play the usual Ladder Games with them or let the children select 10 digit cards at random from a face-down pile... then challenge them to put the cards in order, smallest to largest as quickly as possible. Read more »

mathematics place value activityThis is a quick and easy maths game to help reinforce the concept of place value.

The game works best with 3 to 4 players. There's no gameboard and nothing to download this time. You only need a set of dominoes and a handful of counters to use as scorekeepers. Read more »

Gattegno place value chartThe Gattegno (or Place Value) Chart is a simple tool to help children appreciate the  patterns in our counting structure. For example, the identical pattern evident when counting in 1’s, 10’s, 100’s, 1000’s... or greater

To familiarise young children with the Gattegno Chart ask them to: Read more »

place value game - primary maths teachersThis is an extension (literally) to the popular Place Value Ladder Boards.

The original boards only went to 6 spaces, and a number of you have asked for more!

Well, I have now stretched the place value ladder boards to 10 places, and offer three rather than two ladders. Read more »

3 Digit Number generatorIf you are playing a mathematical game, or looking to create numbers for calculation problems, the original Squashy Boxes provided an efficient solution. However, they were limited to one and two-digit numbers. Read more »

Squashy Boxes - mathematics teaching resourceHere's another versatile (and often overlooked) resource. Squashy Boxes enable children to quickly generate 'random' numbers. They are a simple but effective tool for practising a range of rapid recall and mental calculation strategies. Read more »

2 Digit Number GeneratorThis idea started life as a way to get children to generate 'random' 2 Digit numbers. We had used dice, we had used Digit Cards, but I wanted something different.

This is what I came up with, a 10 by 10 grid of numbers and small card with a rectangular hole in it. Read more »

Tens and Units board, place value activityThis is a Place Value game for two children. It offers children an opportunity to use and apply their knowledge of the number system within a 'game' environment.

You need the Tens and Units playing board and a set of 0 to 9 number cards.

The aim of the game is to get as close to 100 as possible by creating three two-digit numbers. Read more »

Ladders Cards for counting and place value activitiesTeachers can use Ladder Cards with their children as individual mathematical activities, or as a game format. In its simplest form children choose digit cards and place them on the ladder so that the numbers ascend in value for each rung.

mathsticks makes this versatile idea even more appealing by including our signature characters and digit cards designed to match the ladder-spaces. Read more »

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