Here's how to make learning about place value at home FUN and really powerful
Share these fun maths activities, board games, dice games and card games and really help your child to develop a thorough understanding of place value. This understanding is SO helpful. Your child will be able to find easier ways of working with big numbers and also tiny decimal numbers.
Activities and games for 5 to 6 year olds-place value
Activities and games for 6 to 7 year olds-place value
Family fun activities and board games learning about coins 10s and 1s.
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It will help your child in lots of ways if they can develop a feel for 24 as two tens and four ones. Play with just ten pence and one pence coins, combine with a large spoon and then a game board and there will be lots of handling and counting totals to help your child make this link in a fun way.
Family fun lotto game counting forwards and backwards in 10s.
Share the exploration of what happens when you count forwards and backwards in tens and your child’s understanding of patterns in our number system will be strengthened. These patterns can be incredibly helpful to your child’s number work both now and well into their future. Chanting is a long established aid to learning but by chanting in turns with your child you will be taking the learning to a much higher level and having a laugh too. These games will also help your child to start to become familiar with a hundred square, a tool widely used in schools, particularly useful for this task.
Make the learning relevant to your child by searching through some old family photos. They’ll be lots of opportunity to talk about numbers and a whole lot more!
Family fun activities and board game learning to count in tens and twenties.
Tens and twenties all in a row
Have fun with these games and support your child to relate their comprehensive knowledge of numbers up to one hundred, to move further on, to work with numbers up to two hundred. Just by playing one game you can take your child through a powerful development progression using different levels of support- toy bricks or sticks that can be handled, pictures that can be pointed to and when your child is truly comfortable playing without any physical or visual support.
In the ‘all in a row’ game your child is challenged to make a choice- very powerful for learning.
Discover together some strategies for estimating how many one pence coins you take in a handful and you’ll have some insight into why the number system we use today, developed to make counting easier, over 1500 years ago in India.
With the help of powerful images, further games help you explore with your child what the digit ‘4’ stands for in the number 48 for example. Visualising numbers in this way is very helpful. Reading 48 as forty eight is universally mastered but it’s easy to miss connecting the ‘4’ to four lots of ten and from here difficulties can mount.
Further games help you and your child focus on sound, cleverly encouraging the development of pictures of numbers in our brains, which will always be available to help us.
Understanding the role that ten plays in our number system (‘place value’) is pivotal in mathematical attainment. Research reveals that it is the key factor in passing or failing GCSE maths. A number line on a screen or page can be helpful but one you can hold, feel and move and then relate to one on a page, is a whole lot more powerful.
Enjoy making one together- you’ll probably be surprised what one hundred looks like.
Play the games and have fun as your child develops the concepts that underpin place value and a whole lot more.
The benefit of actually handling two cards from a set labelled 1-9 is that you can move them around and make two different two digit numbers. Enjoy playing with this, with a fun twist and try to celebrate your child’s ah ha moment after which you’ll find it harder to win!
Have fun playing bingo with the specially designed cards and your child will have an incentive to fully understand the different parts of a two digit number.
The final game relates the learning back to real life and gets your brains fizzing with an element of chance.
Building upon earlier activities these games and activities will help your child to secure their knowledge of the patterns in our number system up to one hundred.
Using the support of a bead number line takes the learning one step on from having written numbers in a hundred square and offers even more powerful learning opportunities when it is handled with eyes closed.
The final activity embeds the learning into real life experience.
Sharing the exploration of what happens when you find ten more and ten less than a number will strengthen your child’s understanding of patterns in our number system. A hundred square is a powerful tool, widely used in schools, particularly useful for this task.
These games add some fun and an element of chance to discovering the patterns in a hundred square. Research shows that when our brains are anticipating a chance event they are more open to learning-Wow!
A 10 x10 grid with the numbers1-100, in order is a powerful learning tool to help your child see the patterns in our number system. Play these games with your child and they will get to know ‘a hundred square’, widely used in schools, with their eyes closed! A second game based on a hundred square encourages your child to start to use strategy, a high level mathematical skill.
In the final game you are guided to play with coins and discover how we can use 10’s and 1’s when trying to work out how many more to make one hundred.