11 Great Ideas for Teaching Place Value

12 Ideas for Teaching Place Value

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I realized that I have a whole slew of post about teaching place value to young children and thought I would put them all in one place. Many of these ideas include FREEBIES for you to print and use right away. Others are available for purchase. I hope you find something that is helpful and that you will post a comment and let us know!

 A Place Value Primer

A post to help you understand just what place value really is!

Boy Mama Teacher Mama Place Value Primer

FREE Magnetic Place Value Blocks

Create your own magnetic place value “blocks” with this FREE template for your home or for the classroom. I have been using these in my classroom for years and they  are an invaluable tool. Plus they are fun to use! 🙂

Boy Mama Teacher Mama Magnetic Place Value Blocks (featured)

FREE Place Value Practice Tube

A great use for those empty Pringles cans you have in your craft closest. We love using this to help us create and read numbers of all sizes. FREE template included. All you do is provide the can!


Number Practice Tube

Similar to the idea above, but uses a smaller Pringles can and is good for practicing smaller numbers.

Boy Mama Teacher Mama Number Practice Tube

Place Value Flip Book

Use these templates to create a flip book for practicing place value. Students can each make their own book that they can use in the classroom or take home to practice at home.

Boy Mama Teacher Mama Place Value Practice with a Flip

Place Value Counting Strips

A new favorite of mine. Use this activity to show children how place value really works and how the numbers change as the numbers grow.

Boy Mama Teacher Mama Place Value Counting Strips (featured)

FREE Roll to a Ten

A fun game for introducing students to trading for a ten.

Boy Mama Teacher Mama | Roll to a Ten, A Place Value Game

What’s the Number

Decide on a number in your head and have your students use their knowledge of place value to determine your number. Great fun, great practice and a great time filler for those 5-10 spots to fill throughout the day.

Boy Mama Teacher Mama | What's the Number? A Place Value Guessing Game

Place Value Game

Students get a card with a written number and a number shown with place value blocks. The first students reads his number than says, “Who has ___” and the student with that number does the same. If the game is done correctly, each student will get a turn and you will end the game with the same person who started it.

Boy Mama Teacher Mama | Place Value Game for the Classroom

FREE Skills Practice Tube

Similar to the Place Value Practice tube above, only this post offers more than just math skills to be practiced!

Boy Mama Teacher Mama Skills Practice Tube

Place Value Pocket

The newest addition to our place value collection. Student create their own place value pocket and use the cards and pocket to play games and to practice place value.

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Love these ideas from last week’s After School Linky:

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Plastic Egg Submarines from There’s Just One Mommy


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