Place Value Concentration

For most kids, understanding place value requires lots of practice – it’s a pretty complicated concept after all.  This place value concentration game is an easy way to make all of that hard work fun.

Grab your freebie by scrolling below and get ready for some serious competition.  If you’re loving this place value game, check out our Place Value Cover Up in our shop – your students will beg to repeat it!

Getting Ready

Prepping for the game was a cinch.

I printed the free 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 blocks with the matching number.

Awesome! FREE place value concentration.

Playing Place Value Concentration

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 of 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?!

FREE Place Value Concentration.

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  1. maxetlyly

    thanks a lot for these cards. I am a french teacher and I like american way of teaching. You have great ideas to give pleasure to pupils !

  2. Jodie

    I really like the idea behind the cards and the yet a different way of presenting place value fluency practice; however I just showed them to my seven year old and one of her first comments was that cards that “matched” had the same colour border. I checked a few (but not all) and found that she was correct. I’m wondering if you did this on purpose or whether it’s a fluke because now if I was to play it with students I’d always be wondering if the child was colouring matching or using their number knowledge.

    • Malia Hollowell

      Hi Jodie! I’m excited that your daughter enjoys the game. You have a very observant little girl!

      The color matching was designed to help kids self-check their answers. There should be enough cards in each color to prevent kids from simply matching up the colors to find solutions. 🙂

  3. Katie

    This is wonderful! Do you have it in hundreds as well?

    • Kimberleigh

      Hello Katie,
      Thanks for reaching out. We do not have it in the hundreds, currently. But we will add it to the wish list. 🙂
      Kimberleigh // Happiness Ambassador

  4. Ester

    Where is the big blue download button?

    • Ashley

      Hi Ester,
      Sorry about that! We must be missing it on this post.
      You can find the Place Value Concentration Cards using the link in the first sentence right under Getting Ready.
      Let me know if I can be of any further help!
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

      • Nadia Dakkouri

        I love your activity but also failed to find the download button for the cards…?

        • Ashley

          Hi Nadia,
          We have added the download button.
          You can find it right under the image of the Place Value Activity Pack.
          Hope that helps!
          Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

          • Pradeep

            The download here button isn’t downloading the file..I wonder how others have got the file

      • Amy

        The download button won’t work for me for the place value concentration card game. Can I get this emailed to me?

  5. Rachel

    I wish the download button or a live link would work for this page.
    It looks like such an amazing activity to do.
    Is there another way it can work to access this gem?

  6. Amy Chester

    I see the blue button but it does not do anything. I can not download the place value concentration game.



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