3 Place Value Skills You Can Practice with Mini Pumpkins

Pumpkin Place Value Activities

Could there be anything more perfect for fall than a place value activity using mini pumpkins? We didn't think so! Drop in on your local farmer's market or pick some up at your favorite grocery store and join us for three fun, simple activities that help students practice place value concepts.

Comparing Numbers 

Comparing Numbers with Pumpkins

Label five mini pumpkins with the numbers one through five. Label a sixth pumpkin with the greater than (>), less than (<), and equal to (=) signs. 

Make one, two, or three-digit numbers using different combinations of pumpkins. Set the pumpkin with the greater than, less than, and equal to symbols in the middle. Students will turn the pumpkin to show the symbol that makes the number sentence true.

You can switch up the numbers as many times as you'd like!

Ordinal Numbers

Ordinal Numbers with Pumpkins

Label four mini pumpkins with ordinal numbers. Make sure you leave one number out of the sequence. For example, label your pumpkins: 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th. 

Line up the pumpkins in order. Use a "blank" pumpkin to fill in for the missing ordinal number. 

Students will decide which ordinal number is missing. 

Switch out the blank pumpkin for other ordinal numbers to give your students extra practice!

Digit Values

Digit Values with Pumpkins

Make a four or five-digit number using mini pumpkins. Students must identify the value of the digit in the thousands place, the hundreds place, the tens place, and the ones place. 

Switch around the digits and challenge your students to identify the place values for different numbers!


What are your favorite ways to practice place value with your students? We'd love to hear from you! Please drop us a line in the comment section below. 

Check out iKnowIt.com for exciting, interactive place value lessons for kindergarten through fifth grade. 

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