To help your child to develop their knowledge of place value - the number of tens in numbers up to hundred.

What you need:

Magazines or 'junk' mail - advertising leaflets for supermarkets and stores.

What to do:

Help your child to cut out numbers in the range 1 – 100 from the newspaper or circulars.

Work together to sort the numbers in piles of the same decade - 10s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s

Skip counting the number of tens in the number (10, 20, 30…).

For example, for 56 skip count 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 using your fingers to count the 5 tens.

When you have the numbers in piles ask your child what is the same about the numbers.
For example all the 50s numbers start with 5 and have 5 tens in them.

Help your child to cut out a few more numbers and ask “How many tens are in this number? What pile does it belong in?”

What to expect your child to do:

To firstly skip count in tens, then to recognise the digit in the tens place also tells them the number of tens in the number.


  • As you come across other numbers up to 100 ask your child how many tens are in the number.
  • Use other languages to count in 10s

He Kupu Māori:

ten tekau
twenty rua tekau
thirty toru tekau
forty whā tekau
fifty rima tekau
sixty ono tekau
seventy whitu tekau
eighty waru tekau
ninety iwa tekau
pile whakaputu (-a)
count tatau (ria)

He Whakawhitinga Kōrero:

  • Kimihia ngā tau mai i te 0 ki te 100, ka tapahia ai. (Look for numbers from 0 te 100 and cut them out.)
  • Tatauria ngā tekau kei roto i tēnā tau. (Count the tens in that number.)
  • E hia ngā tekau kei roto i tēnā tau? Tatauria. (How many tens in that number? Count them)
  • Tatauria ngā tekau i ō matimati. (Count the tens on your fingers.)
  • Whakaputua ngā rima tekau ki konā, ngā ono tekau ki konā ... (Make a pile of the 50’s there, the 60’s there ...)

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