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Place Value Ice Cream Sundae Activity

My kids and I are counting down the days to summer break. And they already have a celebration planned when it comes: an ice cream sundae bar! I thought the idea was brilliant and I think I’m as excited about it as they are! For the time being, however, we still have math to learn, so why not combine the two? This free printable “Build an Ice Cream Sundae” place value activity is perfect for kindergartenfirst grade and second grade, and is a fun way to increase your kids number sense!

FREE Place Value Ice Cream Sundae Activity!! This is such a fun, hands on learning activity to help kids visualize place value. One of many math games for kindergarten, first grade and second grade kids to make learning fun.

Place value is an early math skill that is essential for your kids to learn and understand. Not having a clear understanding of each numbers value will cause problems in later math exploration, such as addition and subtraction of large numbers.

And while this may seem so simple to us, this is actually a very complex concept that requires lots of time, practice and varied approaches. So don’t be discouraged if this is a topic that you have to return to again and again with your kids.

And if you’re looking for yet another way to play with numbers and help your kids understand place value, you don’t want to miss this Ice Cream Sundae Place Value Activity!


Place Value Ice Cream Sundae Activity

Free printable math activity to help kids visualize place value - ones, tens, and hundreds place

The first thing you will need to do is print the ice cream bowls, scoops and cherries and cut them out. I suggest using a laminator for durability. Then this handy printable set can be pulled out any time you need to review place value!

I put the bowls, ice cream scoops, and cherries on easy to cut out cards, but you could cut out each individual scoop and cherry if you wanted.

After everything is cut out, you’re ready to build an ice cream sundae!

hands on math activity to help kindergarten, first grade, and second grade kids learn place value

This fun printable set includes 22 ice cream bowls with three digit numbers on them.

Give your kids a bowl, then let them “build” the number using the hundreds scoops (vanilla), tens scoops (chocolate) and then a cherry for the ones value.

They can build straight up, or get creative with where they place the scoops. 🙂

Included in this download are 9 hundreds scoops, 9 tens scoops and 9 cherries, allowing kids to build one or two sundaes at a time. If you wanted to allow them to build all the bowls at once, simple print out more of the ice cream scoops and cherries.

kids can build their place value sundae straight up or creatively

Another fun way to use this set would be to have your child build all the sundaes (or even just a few) and then compare them.

  • Which one is the tallest?
  • Is it also the largest number?

For example, if you compare 295 and 408, you would see that 295 makes a taller sundae, but it is a smaller number. Take time to discuss why it is smaller to help them understand the meaning of the tens value and the hundreds value.

Also spend time comparing numbers that have a zero in the tens or ones place. What does that mean for your sundae? What does that mean for the number?

Kids will have fun learning about place value with this fun Build your own Ice Cream Sundae math games for kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade kids

And finally, once your kids have explored and built the given sundaes, let them create their own!

Also included in this download are two blank bowls and a recording page.

kids can build their own Ice Cream Sundae Place Value and record them on this place value worksheet for kids

Let your kids build whatever kind of sundae they like, then record the total hundreds, tens and ones used on their recording page to calculate the total number they made.

I hope you have fun exploring place value and looking forward to summer with this ice cream sundae printable set! And if you’re looking for more resources to help your kids understand place value and large numbers, check out this post full of ideas!

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Free printable Place Value Ice Cream Sundae activity for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade kids

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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