Place Value Concentration

Activity for ages 4 to 8.

For most kids, understanding place value requires lots of practice – it’s a pretty complicated concept after all. Place Value Concentration is an easy way to make all of that hard work fun. Grab your freebie {below} and get ready for some serious place value competition.

FREE Place Value Concentration.Getting Ready

Prepping for the game was a cinch. I printed the free Place Value Concentration game cards on cardstock to give them a little extra durability and cut them out.

I wanted my son to practice counting the place value blocks before he played the game so I reminded him that numbers are made up of digits and those digits mean different things depending on where they fall in a number. For example, the 3 in 315 is in the hundreds place so it means three hundreds. But a 3 in the number 73 is in the ones place so it means three ones.

We worked together to match up the place value blocks with the matching number.

Awesome! FREE place value concentration.Playing the Game

When he was ready to play, we mixed up the cards and spread them out face down on the table. Then we took turns flipping over two cards at a time. When they matched, the player kept the pair.

FREE Printable place value concentration. Awesome!!

When the cards didn’t match, he turned the cards back over in the same spot.

After a couple minutes, all of the cards had been claimed and we each counted our cards. My son was thrilled when he realized he had more than me and was officially the Place Value Concentration champion. There’s always next time, right?!


For more place value fun, check out our NO PREP Place Value Activity Pack – 59 pages of Common Core Aligned, NO PREP activities for kids.

NO PREP Place Value Activity Pack.



About Malia Hollowell

Malia is a National Board Certified elementary teacher turned stay at home mama to three young kids {4.5, 3 and 1}. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education {go Stanford!} and spent seven years teaching in a classroom. Since starting Playdough to Plato in 2012, her ideas have been featured in Parenting Magazine, Pinterest's Top Educational Pins and Kiwi Crate.

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