Hundreds, Tens and Ones


The purpose of this activity is to help your child practice adding and subtracting with hundreds, tens, and ones.

Link to the Number Framework:

Number Sequence, Stage 5
Place Value, Stage 5

What you need:

A die
Pen and paper for each player

What to do:

Before play begins players need to agree on the starting number and the target number and record these on their paper. Choose three-digit numbers between one and a thousand.

Players take turns to throw the die. They then choose to add or subtract the number thrown to the hundreds, tens or ones of the starting number. For example, if a 5 is thrown players could add or subtract 500, 50 or 5 from the starting number.

With each successive turn players add or subtract numbers to the result of their previous turn.

The first player to reach the target number exactly wins.

What to expect your child to do:

Understand place value so that hundreds, tens and ones can be added together. Consider how much more is required to reach the goal number.
Develop a strategic approach to the placement of numbers.


Increase the place value to include thousands.

Related Māori vocab:

dice mataono tau
roll (a dice) pīrori (-hia)
add tāpiri
subtract tango

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