Logi-Bear is just delving into the concept of place value and I’m finding that extra practice with it is very very helpful. He has accepted that when you are counting and hit a 9, you move up to the next 10. But I’m not convinced he understands why. We’re working with LEGO Place Value a lot which helps the counting from 9 to 10 (and 29 to 30, 59 to 60, etc). I wanted to practice more though so I made these fun pumpkin place value printables. It’s pumpkin everything season, so why not, right?
This set goes up to the 100’s level. The pumpkin seeds are worth 1. The unripe pumpkins (green) and worth 10. And the full pumpkins are 100. I did my best to make a very large size difference to illustrate that 10 seeds are worth one unripe pumpkin, and therefore the seeds are significantly smaller than the pumpkin.
There is also a mat with a vine and a place to write your number. Or your can write the number and have your kid put the right amount of pumpkins and seeds.
I also liked being able to take away or add one object (like one pumpkin) and noting that only the hundreds place changed.
I printed off 10 sets (so 5 pages) so we would have 10 of each. I printed it all off on cardstock but only laminated the mat. I found that the pumpkins and seeds needed to be at least as thick as cardstock or they were difficult to manipulate (I think regular paper laminated would work fine too).
Pumpkin Place Value with Older Kids
I’ve also planned to use these with Royal to work on adding and subtracting larger numbers. I love that we can illustrate how to just change the hundreds, or tens, or ones. We’er working on adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers so using a place value mat is really helpful. It’s especially great for practicing mental math. While he’s still practicing we can illustrate why the math works that way.
Materials needed for the Pumpkin Place Value Set: