Largest Number Wins


You can help your child to understand the place value of digits in a number.

What you need:

  • A pack of cards with picture cards and tens removed. (Ace = 1)\
  • A place value chart to place the card on for each player. 

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.

Place Value Chart



















He Kupu Māori:

card kāri
pile of cards putunga kāri
three digit number tau mati-toru
tens number tau ngahuru
place value uara tū
place value chart tūtohi uara tū

He Whakawhitinga Kōrero:

  • Riwhiriwhia ngā kāri, ka whakaputu ai, ko ngā mata ki raro. (Shuffle the cards and put in a pile face down.)
  • Tangohia tētahi kāri, ka whakatakoto ai ki runga i tō tūtohi uara tū, ko tōna mata ki runga. (Pick up a card and place it face up on your place value chart.)
  • Me āta whakaaro kia hea whakatakoto ai i tō kāri hei hanga i te tau mati-toru nui rawa atu. (You need to think about where to put your card so that you make the largest three-digit number you can.)
  • Tangohia tētahi atu kāri ināianei, ka whakatakoto ai ki runga i tō tūtohi uara. (Take another card now and place it on your place value chart.)
  • Kōrerohia mai tō tau mati-toru. Nā wai i hanga te tau mati-toru nui rawa atu? (Say your three-digit number. Who has made the largest three-digit number?)
  • He aha te mati o ngā [rau/tekau/tahi]? (What is the [hundreds/tens/ones] digit?)
  • E hia katoa ngā tekau kei roto i tēnei tau mati-toru? (How many tens altogether in this three-digit number?)

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