Place Value Race! A Two-Player Game for Practicing Place Value

Place Value Game for Children

In this exciting game, students compete to see who can be the first to show the correct place value on their place value mats!

If you're looking for a fun and fast-paced place value game for your students, this is it! It's easy to set up, and you'll only need a few supplies!

Here are the supplies you'll need to play:

  • deck of Uno cards
  • place value blocks
  • printable place value mats

(You can print out your free place value mats for 2 digit numbers, 3 digit numbers, or 4 digit numbers from Super Teacher Worksheets!)

Place Value Race Game

To set up the game, arrange the place value mats so that they are facing one another. Remove all the non-number cards from the deck of Uno cards, shuffle the cards, and deal three cards to each student, face down, so that there is an Uno card above each digit on both place value mats. Set aside the place value blocks so they are within easy reach of both students.

Place Value Activity for Kids

Here's how to play the game:

When the teacher or supervising adult gives the signal to begin, students flip over their Uno cards and grab the corresponding number of place value blocks for each place value. For example, if a student flips over the cards to reveal the numbers 2-4-3, he or she will take two one hundred place value blocks, four tens place value blocks, and three ones place value blocks and put them in the right column on his or her mat. Whichever student shows the correct place value first is the winner!

You can use this activity in a variety of ways! Make it an independent exercise instead of a two-player game, or even increase the amount of players if you want! How will you make this exciting game your own?

What do you think of this place value race game? We'd love to hear from you! Leave your feedback for us in the comment section below! 

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