# Hands On Christmas Place Value Practice

My kids like to throw things.  Not just me, right?

A lot of parents put their “throw-ey” kids in sports, but mine don’t like sports.  They still want to throw things though.

So I give them dice in school because it knocks out two problems.  1. They get to throw things and no one gets upset.  2. They practice math without whining.

Win-win.

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I don’t remember learning Place Value in school but it is such a great way to understand math!  Numbers are all about patterns but not all kids “see” the patterns as easily as others.

Place value lets the rest of us see those patterns!

### How to Set Up the Christmas Place Value Dice

I would use cardstock for the dice simply so they last longer than one game.  The dice are okay with regular paper, and stand up fine to one games worth.  Anything more, cardstock is a must!

Supplies:

Cardstock
Colored Pencils
I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary to use the colored pencils but I really like the effect of color coding everything.  I think it helped expand the process.

### How to Use the Christmas Place Value Dice

I wanted this to be a simple activity so we could focus on the place value aspect and not the “how to play” aspect.

So the idea is to roll both of the dice.  Count how many Santa-tens are on the top face of the red die and write that number in the red box.  Count how many tree-ones are on the top face of the green die and write that number  in the green box.

Next, fill out the expanded form.  54 is the same as 50+4.

Fill out the rest of the page!  At the bottom, figure out what the biggest and littlest numbers are and put them in the box!