Place Value Clap

Age Range: 5 - 11
By: Jayadevi

Here's a game which I call Place Value Clap.

  • I write a 4 digit number on the board and choose four children.
  • They decide between themselves who is to clap thousands, who will clap hundreds, tens and units.
  • Lining up in the correct place, they clap their digit or fold their arms smugly for a zero.
  • The 'thousands' person then has to say the whole number correctly.
  • They then swap until all four children have had a chance to be each digit.
  • The most confident children always manage to get the highest digit giving the less confident 1, 2 or 3 chances to hear the number correctly. A useful starter/filler.

This game can easily be differentiated for larger / smaller numbers simply by changing the number of children involved.

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Harpreet Singh

excellent idea!

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