PLACE VALUE

Place value is basically the value that a digit has depending on where it is in the number. For instance the 5 in each of the following numbers has a different value- 5, 50, 500, 5000. This is not an easy concept to grasp! A friend of mine who is really creative and makes the most wonderful manipulatives with her children shared this idea with me and my daughter loves it!

It is really quick and easy to make, and your child can help with the threading of the beads onto the wire too.

All you need is a piece of felt in your choice of colour, a few pieces of wool, wire, pliers and lots of pretty beads in your choice of colour.

I found little pins (pictured below), which I think you use to make earrings, at our local craft store. If you are going to use larger beads, I suggest the use of wire as the pins would be too thin.

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Use solitary beads as units. Thread 10 beads onto each pin or piece of wire and use pliers to bend and cut off the end of the wire to make tens. Make sure that there are no sharp points sticking out! Slide 10 of the 10 bead strings onto a large safety pin to make hundreds. Make as many of these as you want to - we made 20 10 bead strings,but if you want to work with numbers above 200 then you will need to make more. I found that this was sufficient to teach place value basics and use the manipulatives for other games too - we also only had enough beads to make 20! :-)

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Place the piece of felt on your working surface, using the wool pieces to demarcate columns representing the units, tens and hundreds column. Pop the loose beads into a container and then you are ready to start.

I then explained the value of a number above each column, for instance 2 above the units column was just 2 little beads, 2 above the tens column was 20 beads, and 2 above the hundreds column was two safety pins worth of beads. Visually things started to make a whole lot more sense! After that we practiced building numbers with the beads.

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place value, place value games, maths activities, math, maths games

We have since used the manipulatives for counting activities, addition and subtraction, and had lots of fun doing it!

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