Place Value Games
What is place value?
Place value means that each digit in a number has a different value, depending on its place within the number. For example, in the number 4352, the 4 has a value of four thousand, the 3 has a value of three hundred, the 5 has a value of fifty and the 2 has a value of two (often described as two units or two ones).
When children learn about place value, it can lead to an "aha!" moment when they realise that they don't have to memorize sums for all the numbers they can think of...once they know that 4 + 3 = 7, they can apply this to 40 + 30 = 70, 44 + 33 = 77 or 4000 + 3000 = 7000.
Playing place value games will help children to reinforce their knowledge of place value.
Links to Place Value Games - including decimal places
- Place Value Pirates
A fun Flash game to help with decimal place values.
- Builder Ted's Ladder Game
Click on the bricks in order from the lowest decimal number up. This will help Ted to mend the ladder and rescue his poor dog.
- Order the Decimals
Drag the decimals into the correct order.
- Birmingham Grid for Numbers
First choose how many decimal places you want to use and the maximum number size. You are then given a target number and have to click on the elements that make up the number.
Links to Place Value Games - whole numbers
- Place Value Games
A collection of place value games for children from age 5 upwards.
- Partition the Numbers
A game for place value beginners, which is particularly useful for schools using blocks to teach place value.
- Shark Numbers
Count the number of ten blocks and the number of units (ones) and click on the correct number. You can choose numbers up to 29 or up to 59.
- Place Value to Thousands
Every time you answer a question correctly you are granted a wish!
Place Value to 100
A good knowledge of place value is essential before moving on to double-digit calculations or working with numbers which have decimal places. Reading from right to left, the value of each number is multiplied by ten. For example, 1 = one unit, 10 = ten, 100 = one hundred, 1000 = one thousand, 10000 = ten thousand, 100000 = one hundred thousand, 1000000 = one million.
With decimals, the same pattern continues. If you start form the decimal point, each place value is one tenth of the value of the place before it, reading from left to right, e.g. 0.1 = one tenth, 0.01 = one hundredth, 0.001 = one thousandth and so on.
Learning through maths games is much more fun than just doing sums!
Math Games at Amazon
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