Your kids will love this winter-themed, hands-on place value activity! Have some fun learning about tens and ones with “Snowballs”! It’s perfect for math centers in Kindergarten to learn about teen numbers, or in 1st grade to learn about place value.
Snowball Place Value Activity
What you need:
Write a T for tens and a U for units (or an O for ones) on two of the white circles.
Number the rest of the circles with two digit numbers. We just went up to 39, though you could of course go as high as you choose.
You can even have a huge bucket for hundreds if you want to include that and have that many cotton wool balls.
The buckets hold 10 “Snowballs” representing the Tens place in a number and the units (or ones) are simply added next to the bucket in the Units place.
Let the child choose the number from the pile. Then ask, how many buckets will you need in the Tens place?
How many snowballs will you need in the Units place? For the number 22, for example, there are two tens and two units. Count it out and put it in the right place.
Choose another number and repeat.
Children starting to learn the concept of place value will find this snowball activity helpful because it physically demonstrates the concept of the Tens being together and the Units separate.
A great mathematical activity, and perfect for those learners that need to see, feel and experience a concept to fully comprehend it. And, it is super fun, too!
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