Which Way Around


The purpose of this activity is to learn to order numbers to 100

Link to the Number Framework:

Number Sequence, Stage 4

What you need:

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

What to do:

  • Draw 7 boxes beside each other. Write 10 in the first box, and 100 in the last box. 5 boxes between.


  • Place the card in a pile.
  • Take turns to turn over two cards.
  • Choose how this number could be written. eg. If a 2 and a 6 were turned over they could be written as 26 or 62.
  • Each player chooses where to record the number. Write the number in a square. Once written the order cannot be changed.
  • The next player has a turn.
  • A number can only be recorded is there is an available space.
  • The first player to have all the boxes filled with the numbers in the correct ascending order is the winner.

A number line or a tape measure with numbers to 100 can be useful to help children order the numbers.

What to expect your child to do:

  • Be able to accurately sequence random numbers to 100.


Draw 7 boxes on top of each other. Write 100 in the top box, and 10 in the bottom box. Players fill in the 5 boxes between.


Related Māori vocab:

pile of cardsputunga kāri
two digit numbertau mati-rua
in betweenwaenganui

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