Place Value Thousands


The purpose of this activity is to help your child read and order 4 digit numbers.

Link to Number Framework:

Place Value, Stage 5

What you need:

  • A pack of cards with the picture cards removed (aces count as one).
  • A sheet of paper for each player with 3 columns headed hundreds, tens, and ones. The columns need to be big enough to place a playing card in each space.


What to do:

The object of the game is to make the biggest number with 4 cards that have been randomly turned over.

  • The cards are placed in a pile, face down in the middle of the table.
  • Players take turns to pick one card from the top of the pack, turn it over, and place it in either the thousands, hundreds, tens or ones column. Once a card is placed onto the paper its position cannot be changed.
  • Once each player has their four columns filled, players read their numbers and the player with the largest number wins.

 What to expect your child to do:

  • Be able to tell you what each digit within a number represents. For example, in the number 4 572, the 7 tells you how many tens are in the number and the 2 tells you how many ones are in the number.
  • Be able to read 4 digit numbers accurately.
  • Be able to place 4 digit numbers in order, from smallest to largest and vice versa.

Related Māori vocab:

four digit numbers tau mati-whā

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