Educational Summer Fun: Practicing Place Value

School is out for some of you and ALMOST out for others. I am already thinking about ways to keep my kids learning this summer. I think reading and math are two of the most important activities we can keep up with during summer vacation. 

I plan to have my older boys read to their younger brothers and find interesting chapter books about sports at the library too. Now math is a different story. Here is a fun game to try that is focused on math for 3rd grade. It’s a game that’s great for multiple players, so try it out with your elementary age kids!

Race to create the greatest number that you can in this fun addition and decimal card game! Your child will be cheering for 8s and 9s as he tries to create a larger number than his competitors. Players take turns drawing one card at a time and placing it on their handmade game boards, adding up the sums as quick as they can. Whoever ends up with the largest number wins!

What You Need:

–Deck of playing cards with the ten and face cards (jacks, queens, and kings) removed

–Scratch paper, one sheet per player

–Construction paper, one sheet per player

–Pencils, one per player

What You Do:

Give each player a sheet of construction paper. Hand each player a playing card to trace 6 times on a sheet of construction paper. In between each traced rectangle, ask them to write a “+” symbol. After the 6th card, write a “=” symbol. After the third traced rectangle, tell players to put a decimal point.

Announce that aces = 1 and jokers, if you have them = 0.

Players should take turns choosing one playing card at a time and placing it on an open spot on his game board. Once it has been put in a position, it can’t be moved.

Once the game boards are full, have the players add up their numbers. Make sure they include decimal points!

Have players write down their scores for that round. Continue playing until the cards run out or shuffle them and keep playing until you’ve had your fill. Whoever ends up with the largest score wins!

Variation: Remove the decimal point and multiply the numbers for great multiplication practice! Find more info here.

Have fun this summer, I’ll be posting more educational games in the days and weeks ahead so keep an eye out! 


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