# 20+ Hands-on Ways to Teach Place Value

Teach place value, numbers, decimals, and greater than/less than with these hands on elementary math activities! Use printables, manipulatives, and more!

## 20+ Hands-on Ways to Teach Place Value

Place Value War – Childhood 101

Start a war – a place value war!

Place Value Scavenger Hunt – Primary Theme Park
These place value activities require little to no prep and are free or low cost. Try this scavenger hunt – look through magazines or newspapers to find the answer!
DIY Math Cups – And Next Comes L
Turn Dollar Store glasses into math cups! You can use them for quite a bit, including teaching greater than/less than.

Math Ideas for Kinesthetic Learning – First Grade Smiles
If you have kinesthetic learners, try these life-sized ideas for teaching greater than, less than and number recognition.
Exploring Greater Than and Less Than with Playing Cards – Better Than Homework
Roll out a deck of playing cards for this great than and less than activity. It helps bring a free visual to the concept!

Place Value Yahtzee – Games 4 Gains
Use these free Yahtzee printables to turn place value into a game!
DIY Place Value Cups – The Imagination Tree
Use styrofoam cups to help reinforce place value. This activity is low cost and can easily be a springboard to other ideas.

Ice Cream Place Value – The Stem Laboratory
With scoops of (construction paper) ice cream, practice place value!
Place Value Leaves – Rainy Day Mum
Use a homemade branch and leaves to teach numbers!

Easy Peasy Place Value – Undercover Classroom
Who knew you could use a pill box to help teach place value? Here’s one third grade teacher’s genius trick!
Pool Noodle Greater than, Less than Activity – Planning Playtime
Use pool noodles to help reinforce the concept of greater than, less than!
Number Line Activity with Place Values –  Hands On as We Grow
Create a number line in your living room to help teach place values.

Place Value with Food – Step Into Second Grade
Break apart numbers to teach place value with food! Use real food or make your own with construction paper.
Whack it! Stomp it! Place Value Activity – Creekside Learning
You’ll need a flyswatter for this place value activity/game. It’s free, easy, and low prep!

Guess That Number – A Love for Teaching
Similar to “Guess Who?,” use this opportunity to practice numbers!
Place Value With Building Blocks – Teach Me Mommy
Have some extra building blocks laying around? Grab a Sharpie and use them to teach place value.

Decimal Place Value Mats – Classroom Freebies
If you’re new to decimals, use these free printable value mats to practice ones, tenths, and hundredths.
Greater Than or Less Than Monsters – Simply Kinder
Use this simple clothespin monsters to teach greater than and less than! This is a great way to reinforce the “alligator” trick.
Place Value Robot – No Time for Flash Cards
With a homemade robot, teach the different parts of place value!