We decided to try a number line activity. Have you ever done one? They are great for learning about numbers (in almost any way you can think of) plus getting the kids moving.
I first did a number line with George, which is geared better for preschoolers and recognizing numbers (I shared how we did it on PBS Parents).
This version is for Kindergarten on up, kids working on place values. Henry thought this was awesome and George got to be a part of it too.
I taped three number lines on the floor using painter’s tape. (You know how I love to use tape!)
I used three for three place values. Ones, tens and hundreds. Make this simpler or harder by adding or removing number lines.
Each number line counted from 1 to 9. Looking back, I should have used a 0 to be true for place values. A deck of cards would have never played into that though.
Where does the deck of cards come into play?
That’s what made the number! I removed all the 10s and face cards from the deck, leaving only numbers 1 through 9.
George drew three cards and put them in whatever order he wanted (he loved having this control).
Once the cards were in order, Henry would put them together to make a number.
So if George drew a 4, 7 and 9, and put it in that order, it would be 479.
Henry then moved paper plates up and down the number lines to make that number.
He would move the hundreds plate to the 400 line.
And the tens plate to the 70 line.
And again with the ones plate to the 9 line.
They repeated it over and over again while I got dinner ready.
Did you see the easy activities for keeping kids busy? Try them when you need to get something done! (This isn’t one of them…)
Henry had an easier time by moving the plates back to the beginning with each round. He didn’t like moving it back and forth from the last one. He wanted to start fresh each time.
I honestly don’t remember when Henry began learning place values. I’m pretty sure it was last year in Kindergarten. It might have been only tens and ones though.
He absolutely loves math and figuring out problems like this (something he got from me)!
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