Well, since we are (as I tell my kids all the time) "halfway to second grade", we introduced the children to the base 10 blocks. In our class, we call the 10's "sticks" and the 1's "squares". My kids seemed to catch on to this really quickly, so I thought I'd have some fun with them. For our place value center last week, I used this great activity from Teach With a Smile:
If you've never been to her site, you need to check it out!
The gingerbread theme of this activity gave me an idea. I found some cute clip art in my Mailbox magazine that was candy sticks and gumdrops. I copied these, colored them, laminated them and put them in my center for this week. I wrote 2 digit numbers on index cards and put those in a basket with the candy pieces. Basically, the kids use candy sticks for tens and the gumdrops for ones to show each number. Because we are
I know that it's a little late in the year for gingerbread (I meant to do this activity earlier, but...), so I made a version to go with Valentine's day. Basically, I used a picture of a Twix bar for the ten "sticks" and some candy hearts for the ones. Just print out 2 or 3 of each page, laminate, write your numbers on some index cards and let your kids have fun with some sweet place value.
Valentine Place Value