Free Printable Place Value Cards

Over the past few weeks, my son has been learning to subtract two and three digit equations that require borrowing (or re-grouping as some say).  I distinctly remember learning to borrow in subtraction without using manipulatives.  I knew how to borrow, but it was literally years later before I understand why you borrow in an equation.

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In our homeschool, we use Singapore Math, which recommends using number discs (place value discs).  I’ll be honest: I forgot to order the number discs at the beginning of the year.  When I realized how often they would be used, I was already out of our budgeted homeschool money for this semester.

So I had the bright idea to make my own.

Free Printable Place Value Cards to teach ones, tens, and hundreds

 

I cannot imagine trying to teach my son how to borrow in subtraction without these place value cards!  You can literally exchange 10 groups of ten for 1 group of one hundred and see why those two amounts are equal.  It’s crucial that my son understands that in borrowing!

We started out with pink highlighter writing on cut-up index cards and have now gone to these “pretty” place value cards.  My son votes for this new set, hands down.

 

 

How to Use Place Value Cards

These place value cards can be used from the moment you introduce place value to your little learners.  I intentionally made them different colors so they are easy to group.

Feel free to use them when teaching addition with carrying (re-grouping) or subtraction with borrowing.

When your child sees you exchange a group of (10) ones for (1) group of ten, it helps solidify the words you’re saying.  This visual representation helps reinforce what is so hard to imagine in one’s head, for those of us who are visual learners.

When using these place value cards to teach subtraction, I give my son a written equation on a piece of paper.  He builds the equation on his desk with place value cards, and then solves it.

 

Free Printable Place Value Cards to teach ones, tens, and hundreds

 

How to Print Place Value Cards

This download contains three sets of place value cards: 1 set of black ink only, 1 set of red/green/blue, and 1 set of lavender/pink/light green.

If you’re using a colored ink set, print them on white or cream cardstock for longer durability.

If you would like to use the black ink only set, it would be helpful to your child if you printed each place value on different colored paper.  For example, print the ones on green cardstock, the tens on yellow cardstock, and the hundreds on blue cardstock.  The colors are so helpful, as one’s eye can easily group them.

Print as many of the place value cards as you’ll need.  We personally needed two sheets of ones and one sheet of each tens and hundreds.

Click the image below to download the Place Value Cards

Place Value Cards


Comments

  1. I see your place value cards and have read your information. Still I feel I have a brain block here as I am not entirely sure how to actually teach my little guy how to use them. I would love if you could email me a more detailed explanation or if you have a video of your child doing this it would help, I am a visual learner myself. LOL

  2. Kandice Arndt says:

    I can’t seem to find where to download the place value cards. They are exactly what I am looking for! Thank you for making them and sharing. Now can you help me download them? Please!
    Thank you, Kandi

  3. Wow…..After reading the book “Why Before How: Singapore Math Computation Strategies” by Jana Hazekamp the Singapore method we’ve been using for a year makes so much more sense. The book gave me the language to use to teach the concepts within the workbooks. I also knew I wanted to use place value cards. I knew they would be easy to make, but I went out to look to see if someone already had them! And you did! Plus your free download gave me color options! I’ll probably use the black numbers and print them on colored cardstock, then laminate them. Thanks to for putting the blocks next to each other. I see so many people separate the blocks and its double the cutting! Well done! Thank you so much, Darci

    • Darci, I’m so glad you stopped by! Thank you!

      And I’m thrilled you can use the place value cards. I can’t tell you the times I’ve already used them with my two oldest children.

      I’ve never heard of the book you referenced. Off to check that you and THANK YOU for leaving that info!

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