Picking Pickles Game
Primary students will pucker up while picking pickles to learn place value.
- Several pickles cut from green construction paper
- A plastic jar
- A place value mat for each student
- Black Marker
How to Play:
Teachers write the numbers 1 to 9 on approximately 50 pickles using a black marker and then place them in the plastic jar. They print a place value mat for each child or have them take a piece of white paper and divide the paper into three columns: ones, tens, and hundredths.
Explain to students that they will be trying to get the highest number. Students take turns picking three pickles - one at a time - out of the jar and deciding which place on the mat to put each number in order to have the highest number.
For example, John picks the number 7, and he decides to put it in the hundredths place. Next he draws 3 and decides to put it in the ones place, and finally, he draws a 1 and has to place it in the tens place. John ends with a score of 713.
Cindy draws next and picks a 3, which she puts in the ones place. Next she draws a 5 and puts it in the tens place, and finally she draws a 9, which automatically goes in the hundredths place and gives Cindy a score of 953.
Continue until all children have had a turn. The winner is the person who ends up with the highest number. Make the game harder by adding higher place values.