Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Place Value Toss Game

Here's a fun little math game to reinforce PLACE VALUE and the base-ten number system. The students will also COMPARE whole numbers and use TALLY MARKS.

Place Value Game

You will just need a few inexpensive objects.

  • Large paper/plastic cups
  • small objects such as foam shapes 
  • paper 
  • pencil
  • painter's tape (optional)
  • marker

Players: 2

Place Value - 4 tens and 2 ones

  • Label one cup "TENS".
  • Label the other cup "ONES".
  • Place the cups on the floor (tens on the left).
  • Have player #1 stand approximately 3 feet from the cups. (The stating line could be marked with tape, if desired.)
  • He/she tries to toss 9 foam shapes into the cups.
  • He/she then counts out the shapes in the cups and announces his/her numbers.
  • Example: "4 tens and 2 ones = 42"
  • Now player #2 has a turn.
  • The player with the greater number gets 1 point.
  • Players tally the point.
  • The players continue playing for a total of 10 rounds.
  • The player with the most tallies is the winner.

  • Use 3 cups to practice Hundreds, Tens, and Ones 
  • Toss 10 or more objects into the cups, if students have already learned regrouping 

I purchased the foam shapes at a Dollar Store. A bag of 50 foam cubes cost $1.00. An added benefit of the foam cubes is that they are nice and quiet when tossed!!! 

Math Manipulative - Foam Cubes

Have fun with math!


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  2. Very cool!!! We are learning place value and counting by tens right now! This is perfect! :-)

  3. Such a simple game to teach place value. I love doing learning games with my kids. This is definitely one we'll have to try when the time is right...might be good for my oldest now.

  4. What a fun game to teach place value! I love it!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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