Place value understanding is an important foundation for future success in math, so it is very important that early elementary teachers work frequently with these concepts.

What better way to practice then to play some games and have some fun?


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Riddle Race is a place value game where students work with several place value concepts (tens, ones, ten more, ten less, one more, one less) as they solve riddles and move along a game board.

It would work great as a math center/station for partners to play.

You could also use it whole class.

  1. Display and play boys vs. girls, teacher vs. students, table groups vs. table groups, etc.
  2. Have an extra 5 minutes before recess? Use the riddles as a quick sponge activity. See who can guess the number after one clue, two clues, or three clues?

Have fun!