Largest Number Wins


The purpose of this activity is for the child to understand the place value of digits in a number.

Link to the Number Framework:

Place Value, Stage 4

What you need:

  • A pack of cards with picture cards and tens removed. (Ace = 1)

What to do:

  • Shuffle the cards and leave them face down on the table.
  • Players take turns to take a card from the top of the deck and place it in front of them in either the hundreds, tens or ones column. (e.g. In the number 367, the 3 is in the hundreds column, the 6 is in the tens column and the 7 is in the ones column.)
  • Once the card has been placed it cannot be changed.
  • After three rounds the player who produces the largest numbers wins. (e.g If 6, 9, 3 had been turned over the player may have placed these as 639 or 936 or 369 etc)

What to expect your child to do:

  • To know the place value of numbers. That the 3 in 367 means 300, the 6 means 60 and the seven means 7 ones.


  • Choose four cards – Thousands, Hundreds, Tens and Ones columns.

Related Māori vocab:

pile of cardsputunga kāri
three digit numbertau mati-toru
tens numbertau ngahuru
place valueuara tū
place value charttūtohi uara tū

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